Award winning News10NBC anchor and journalist Janet Lomax has announced she will retire in December, after 36 years of reporting the news at the station.
WHEC will air a week-log series of moments that are special to Lomax, during the week of Nov. 14.
“I’ve been blessed to be a part of this community and this station,” she stated. “I’ve been touched by the incredible people here, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to tell their stories. After 40 years in broadcasting, it’s time. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me next.”
Lomax, 61, began her career at WAVE-TV3, in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, just after graduating from college.
She was hired as a reporter and photographer, but was quickly given additional duties as the host and producer of a weekly public affairs program titled “Urban Insight.”
Four-and-a-half years later, News10NBC hired her in Rochester.
“She exemplifies the true essence of a journalist but, more so, her class, generosity, and professionalism have been an inspiration to us all,” WHEC-TV vice president and general manager Derek Dalton stated. “Janet has been the face of our station and such a strong voice for our entire community. She will be sorely missed.”
Throughout the years, Lomax has become a leader in the community, covering a wide variety of stories, ranging from national political conventions and the NYC visit by Pope John Paul II, to a number of one-on-one interviews with prominent newsmakers, including U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.
She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the local affiliate of the organization, the Rochester Association of Black Journalists.
Lomax is also past president of the Rochester chapter Jack and Jill of America Inc., as well as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which is a designation she holds very close to her heart.
According to WHEC, Lomax will continue to make special appearances on the news channel, sharing stories she finds an interest in, and her last regular appearance on the news station will be at the end of December.