Former colleagues tell how retired presenter Tom Britt influenced their lives

JACKSON, Tenn.– All this week, we take the opportunity to salute one of our own here at WBBJ-TV.
After nearly three decades on the air, WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News anchor Tom Britt has announced he is retiring.

In fact, Tom has been a broadcast staple here in West Tennessee for over 50 years. First on radio and here at WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News.

During his tenure, Tom’s wisdom and knowledge have helped many journalists build on what they have learned and advance their careers, whether in television news or in other fields.

One of them was sportscaster and former “Good Morning West Tennessee” host Bart Barker. Barker says Tom’s willingness to go the extra mile is what he remembers most.

“You know, when I think of Tom, I think of someone who is a very selfless individual, someone who is always willing to help either in the newsroom, the athletic department or the station as a whole. He’s just an amazing person to be around,” Barker said.

Fellow “Good Morning West Tennessee” alum and journalist Julia Ewoldt says Tom’s influence as a journalist has left a lasting impression on his career.

“You are such a constant force and it touched me so much. Your consistency, your calm, your compassion and your kindness meant the world. And you showed me how to be a journalist who cares where they live. And you’re one of the reasons I love Jackson so much,” Ewoldt said.

As the week progresses, you’ll hear more from Tom’s past and present colleagues as we look back on his remarkable career.
Tom’s last show will take place this Friday, February 4 on “Good Morning West Tennessee”.

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