Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey is headed to Chicago in a month even though she feels Buffalo will always be her kind of town.
“Buffalo is just a great city,” said the Syracuse native in a telephone interview Tuesday shortly after stilltalkintv reported she was leaving Channel 2 after five years to look for a job in the third largest TV market in the country. “It will always be my second home.”
Bailey doesn’t have a job in the Windy City yet but she has hired a Chicago-based agent and confirms she expects to be employed there.
“I’m not at liberty to talk about what opportunities are in the works,” said Bailey, who has developed into a major and versatile talent at Channel 2.
The Niagara University graduate also confirmed that part of her reason for moving to Chicago was because her boyfriend is moving there for a job as an attorney after getting his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She said that they have had a long distance relationship for some time.
“At one point, he was based in Buffalo,” Bailey added. She declined to name him, saying he is a very private person.
She praised Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner and News Director Jeff Woodard for their understanding and support.
“Every single person that I’ve worked with at Channel 2 has done something to make sure I succeeded,” said Bailey.
She singled out former News Director Ellen Crooke, who gave her the first opportunity to anchor a Sunday morning newscast. “If not for that, I would not be where I am today,” said Bailey.
She noted that her contract expired in November.
“I was at a crossroads,” she said. “I decided to look for new challenges and new opportunities. This is a risk because I’m leaving a job and a city I love.”
Bailey added she doesn’t necessarily expect to stay in the nation’s third largest market.
“I don’t necessarily rule out coming back to Buffalo some day,” she concluded.