Cristina Rendon - Thanks Utah & Farewell!

- I never thought I would live and work in Salt Lake City. In fact, after my interview with ABC 4 Utah, (ABC 4 News at the time), I went home and told my family I wouldn’t move there. It wasn’t because of anything I experienced during my trip, but because it was a change. I knew no one in Utah and the thought of living alone in another state scared me, but I knew I had to move to grow my career.

Two years and two months later, my time at KTVX in Salt Lake has come to an end. I’m leaving to California for a wonderful opportunity to report in the Bay Area. I am excited to pursue the next chapter in my career!

The move is bittersweet. Utah has given me so many wonderful memories. I remember being in awe for the first few weeks because I had never seen mountains before or so much snow! I wasted no time trying to assimilate myself to Utah. I took up skiing and broke my femur on my second time on the slopes at Brighton Ski Resort. My rehabilitation was hard, but I was eager to get back to work to share stories with our audience.

Ever since, those stories have touched my heart:
        I will always remember the Frandsen family from Richmond, whose mysterious illness prompted me to look into the toxicity of their home and the ground they built on.
        I had such a great experience at the Sundance Film Festivals, meeting and interviewing the likes of James Marsden and Courtney Love. One time my family even joined me on an interview with DWTS alum and Utah native, Derek Hough.
        Then there was the family of fallen Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson. They treated me with such respect and kindness even as they were in their darkest hour of mourning, but it was I who was trying my best to be respectful of their privacy.
        The community residents of North Salt Lake also hold a special place in my heart. Alicia Connell and her neighbors have taken Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator by storm and I’m sad I won’t be here to see how their fight plays out.

There are so many more stories I’ve had the privilege of covering. I have to send a big thanks to my colleagues (photographers, reporters, anchors, and producers) for helping me become a better journalist. I will miss you all so much, but a new chapter waits.

Thank you newsroom family and thank you Utah!

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