Q: What has happened to reporter Mugo Odigwe on KMOV-TV, Channel 4?
Dan Lavin, of Belleville, Bob Green, et al.
A: She’s come a long way in her life in more ways than one, and now she’s setting off to her next adventure, wherever that may be.
“We wanted her to stay, but she decided she wanted to move on,” Scott Diener, news director at KMOV, told me Friday. “That was certainly her choice. We miss her.”
Born in Nigeria, Odigwe came to the United States when she was 12 and graduated top of her class from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State, minoring in English with a heavy concentration in literature. (She calls herself an “extroverted introvert” and is the only one of six siblings who did not consider a medical career.)
After serving as a reporter/producer intern at two Phoenix stations, she spent more than two years at KGAN/KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before landing at KMOV in November 2015. But last fall, Odigwe told the station it was time for something new.
“She told us she didn’t exactly know what was next for her, but she did let us know she wanted to take some time off to travel abroad and enjoy life,” Diener wrote in a memo he sent to her KMOV colleagues Dec. 8. “Who can blame her? Mugo has been a team player as both a reporter and anchor, working early hours and many weekends, even navigating the streets of Eureka in a boat. No assignment scared off Mugo at News4. She did terrific work for us, and we are sorry to see her go.”
At the moment, she is visiting family in California and contemplating her next move, according to Liz Hart, her agent and vice president of digital news and programming at NWT Group in Bryan, Texas.
“She is exploring some options right now and that’s pretty much where it is at this point,” Hart told me. “Hopefully we’ll have something to put out pretty soon, but not quite yet.”
To learn of her next chapter, you might try her Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages or go to nwtgroup.com/client/mugoodigwe. Until then, perhaps everyone should consider her favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:8:
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
To whom or what is Jan. 21 now dedicated to — at least, since 2001?
Answer to Sunday’s trivia: Having become a household name with his “War of the Worlds” and “Citizen Kane,” actor Orson Welles volunteered in 1943 to create a big-top spectacle that was part circus and part magic show. It was designed to entertain the troops for free while raising money for the War Assistance League through ticket sales to the general public. One of the acts featured Welles as a magician who sawed a comely assistant in half, Rita Hayworth. But one night when the famed actress was unavailable, he reportedly tested his skills on a 17-year-old audience volunteer, a newly enlisted Navy man (and future “Tonight” show king) named Johnny Carson. The Mercury Wonder Show ran Aug. 3 to Sept. 9 in the heart of Hollywood. Wells married Hayworth two days before it closed.