NORFOLK, Va. - Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Change is the only constant in life."
I’m reminded of that with the announcement of my friend and colleague, Todd Corillo, is leaving the WTKR news desk for a wonderful and unexpected opportunity, which he will reveal later. In the meantime, we are using these last days with him to joke, laugh, cry and throw well-deserved shade to this person we enjoy and love so much.
I remember when Todd's dad, Glenn "Corey" Corillo, worked here when we were known as WTAR and commanded the News 3 at Noon show desk with No. 1 ratings. To bear witness to Todd taking over the role as Noon anchor, and continuing that No. 1 legacy, was like a moment of media family pride - the passing of the baton. Todd was later named to co-anchor the 4 p.m. with me, and I did the happy dance.
To us, his coworkers, he is our "detail" guy. There is nothing that gets past him, and more importantly, he was very often our first line of defense in catching errors before they could make it to air. I often praised him as a leadership example for others to follow - an example, I bragged, that if Todd represented the next generation of broadcast journalists, we were in good hands.
I can predict that I will weep about his departure, but I'm so proud of the person, journalist and professional I have had the pleasure to watch grow and make such lasting contributions.
Todd Corillo, my parting wish for you, my friend, is borrowed from the military community you so aptly covered during your time here: “May you have fair winds and following seas."