Cynthia says it’s difficult to say goodbye and to make the transition to a new chapter in her life. She quoted Mister Rogers when she said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
From covering stories like the birth of “Winter The Dolphin” to numerous scary hurricanes, Cynthia Smoot has seen it all in Tampa Bay. After winning multiple Emmy Awards in her 25 years in Tampa at Fox 13, Cynthia Smoot announced her plans to retire last night. She says her last broadcast will be on December 1. Until then, she’ll continue to be seen on the 5pm and 10pm newscasts.
Cynthia grew up in Virginia and has spent over 35 years in journalism. Smoot says she’s looking forward to getting to sleep when her husband does so she won’t have to tiptoe at 1AM anymore. She also looks forward to raising her adopted mustang. Spending more time with her parents who she says she’s bless to still have in her life is also something she’s looking forward to. Smooth broke down in tears as she announced her departure. Paul Dellegatto broke the sad moment with a great joke… asking if she might have won Powerball.