Heather Kovar, the Albany news anchor who was suspended by the local CBS affiliate last month after she slurred her speech during a broadcast, re-emerged on social media in recent days to reassure her fans that she as doing well.

Kovar wrote on her Facebook page that her fan club “always brings a smile to my face” after supporters posted an old video from a 2012 broadcast in which she did a segment about maintaining health.

The clip shows Kovar interviewing an NBA referee inside a restaurant.

Commenters to Kovar’s post were overwhelmingly supportive.

“Glad you are ok! wish you the best of luck! I miss you up in the Albany market,” one well-wisher wrote.

Dallas area residents urged Kovar to return to her old stomping grounds in the Lone Star State.

“Need to know where you go so I can watch you at the next network,” one Facebook commenter wrote.

“Come to Dallas Tx we need your great smile and laughter down here.”

Kovar gushed that she was an alumnus of Southern Methodist University and that she “miss[es] the big D.”

Kovar was suspended by WRGB-TV last month after she slurred her speech on a July 9 newscast.
Kovar was suspended by WRGB-TV last month after she slurred her speech on a July 9 newscast.

When Facebook user Ben Randolph inquired as to whether Kovar was doing ok, she replied: “Yes, I had previously put in my resignation since my contract was up July 31st. Details to come…”

It was the first public comment from Kovar since she was suspended by CBS 6 last month.

Kovar told the Times Union of Albany last month that she notified her bosses of her plans to resign.

“On Friday, I notified the station I would not be renewing my contract which expires July 31,” Kovar said.

Kovar told the paper that the slurred speech which alarmed viewers who were tuning in to the July 9 newscast on WRGB-TV was due to exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

The Times Union reported that Kovar had been caring for her ailing father in Texas before he died earlier this year.

“Saturday I was scheduled to work the early morning 6 a.m. shift and the evening shift. I was sleep-deprived and exhausted.”

Kovar said she was suffering from exhaustion brought about by sleep deprivation.
Kovar said she was suffering from exhaustion brought about by sleep deprivation.

During the newscast, Kovar sounded incoherent at times. She also abruptly changed topics without property segueing as is customary in television news.

“And so, moving on tonight, is we have to tell you also, you know, like other news that’s happening in the area, and across the area, in the nation,” she said during the newscast.

She also mistakenly referred to meteorologist Craig Gold as “Craig Adams,” who is also a meteorologist at the Sinclair-owned station.



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