Meredith TerHaar visits Bonifay Kiwanis

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 05:13 PM.

BONIFAY — Meredith TerHaar, television news reporter and co-anchor, was the guest speaker at Bonifay Kiwanis Club’s Oct. 30 meeting.

“I work at WJHG News Channel 7 in Panama City Beach and I joined the station four years ago,” said TerHaar. “It’s been a wonderful and exciting journey to be honest. It’s been very different from where I’m from, which is west Michigan.”

She said the culture and the weather is very different in Florida than in Michigan.

“Oh my goodness, what a delight, we love the weather here — especially the fact that it’s not snowing six months out of the year,” she said. “I worked with an ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for six years and commuted 25 miles both ways, which was fine in the summer time, not so fine in the blizzards and wintry like conditions. So being here, where we basically say it’s summer year-round. We absolutely love it.”

She said being a co-anchor and a reporter is her “dream job.”

“It is such a delight to see such a wonderful mix of folks here in the terms of older and younger, professional and retired,” said TerHaar. “This is such an impressive group and I asked Joe Moore before I left if he had ever spoken to the Kiwanis Club in Bonifay and he said no, that he hadn’t, but he said that he could say that they were a very involved and active group and went on to list many things, specifically the rodeo. I want to make sure that I thank all of you for what you do in this community because it is vital.”

She explained that she is in the area often to feature outstanding teachers with the Golden Apple Award.

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