Friday, October 28, 2005

Where Are They Now

Today we feature Deena Day, 5,6,10 former Co-Anchor (2003,2004) of Arkansas’ NBC News 24/51 (now KNWA) Fayetteville

After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Deena worked in radio for two years before crossing over to television. Deena was a reporter, producer, executive producer and news anchor in Meridian, Mississippi from 1988 through 1995, and then again from 1997 to 2003 when she returned as news director/anchor. (Deena and her husband had moved from Mississippi in 1996 to work in television in El Paso, Texas.) Deena was hired to co-Anchor with Don Elkins in Fayetteville in January 2003, but when Nexstar bought the station, they opted not to renew her contract.

What’s Deena up to now? She wanted to stay in Northwest Arkansas because her husband was ill and they have lots of family in the area. She’s currently Director of Marketing for Montana Tractors, at the North American Headquarters in Springdale, AR. Montana Tractors, a company co-owned by J.B. Hunt, assembles and distributes tractors to more than 250 dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

16 Comments:

At 8:15 AM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad she's gone - unimpressive to watch with mediocre writing/story presentation. Heard from many still at the station while she was there that she was very overly-demanding and high-maintenance. I also see she's been reduced to doing TV ads for AQ Chicken. Impressive . . . . .

 
At 8:33 AM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous 24arkansasnbcKNWA51 said...

Deena was not overly-demanding or high-maintenance; you're confusing her with the weekend anchor.
I agree she lacked personality on- screen; apparently Nexstar wasn't satisfied with the "Mother Dearest" look. Nevertheless, she moved on to better things, nexstar blows

 
At 8:49 AM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked her as a person.

 
At 9:54 AM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having worked with Deena, I can tell you she was the LEAST demanding person I have had the pleasure of working with. A very pleasant individual facing life threatening illness within her family. I would suggest that anyone who believes Nexstar has any loyalty to any employee should remember Deena's situation. And I might add that it certainly appears that Nexstar's strategic moves haven't exactly paid off, eh?

 
At 5:31 PM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous Deena Day said...

Ouch!
Gee, wonder what I did to that first poster? Whatever it was, was certainly unintentional. (That will teach me to look on here!)
Thanks to whoever posted the other supportive posts. It HAS been a rough couple of years during my husband's illness and double transplant(on our three kids as well) and to change careers after nearly two decades wasn't the easiest thing either.
But that's life! You just keep the faith and keep on going!
By the way--saw that our old 24/51 pal Bernadette Woods is moving on up again...this time to Baltimore! Congrats to her!

 
At 11:05 PM, October 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deena is a wonderful, warm person and a good friend. She supported me during a very rough time while shouldering a huge burden of her own. Deena gave me some fantastic career advice too. Thanks, Deena!

 
At 8:23 AM, October 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

D is a class act... how 'bout them Badgers ?

 
At 3:27 PM, October 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deena,

Missed you at the school carnival! My wife said she saw you. Pretty nice to be able to spend that time with the family and not need to run back to anchor the 10PM, eh?

-- Gary

 
At 4:08 PM, October 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

deena, you were loved and still are...Gary you ARE not

 
At 10:46 AM, November 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that was pretty rude! But not all that unexpected for this blog. Anonymity creates boldness, eh?

I wish you all nothing but the best, regardless.

- G

 
At 5:48 PM, November 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, G - you still got fans out here. Don't let the weenies get you down. G didn't fire Deena -- remember, he hired her.

 
At 1:58 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

D is one classy babe... intelligent and cares about doing quality work.

 
At 9:07 AM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deena, my husband always had a tremendous crush on you. We loved you and always wondered what happened to you. I am glad you are doing well.

P.S. We like Don Elkins, but we can't even watch KNWA anymore because Neile Jones is the most irritating and least-talented person on earth. Blech! She's dreadful.

 
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At 10:57 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deena, so glad to see you back on WTOK. I had a huge TV crush on you back in the late 80's into the 90's and I must say, you still bring a breath of fresh air to the news cast that was lost when left back years ago.

 

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