AUSTIN (KXAN) - The smartest reporter in town is back to doing what she loves to do best: reporting.
After just more than a year away, Dr. Kate Weidaw is calling the Texas capital home again.
"Bottom line: There is no better place to live than Austin," she said.
Kate received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in May 2012 and decided to make a drastic move shortly after she graduated -- after more than eight years at KXAN. She and her family moved to Athens, Ga., so she could pursue a career as an Assistant Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Georgia.
"It was a job I had always dreamed about," she said. "But I discovered that academia fits best into my life when I am able to practice what I am teaching, so I am beyond thrilled to be able to return to KXAN and the morning show. And I will put my Ph.D. to some work by teaching at Austin Community College where I'll have my students call me 'Dr. Kate.'"
Still, the move was necessary -- though distance made the heart grow fonder.
"I think it's important to pursue new opportunities so you never have to ask yourself, 'What if?' she said. "While I missed my job at KXAN over the last year, I am very happy I tried a new avenue in life -- even though I ended up discovering it wasn't the right career path for me."
And while Kate is very much an Austin girl, there's another city that, too, gets an "A" in her grade book: Athens.
"My son turned 3 while we were in Athens, and he made his first friends in life," she said. "I will miss seeing his joy with those friends, as well as their parents who became dear friends and a much-needed support system when you have a toddler."
As for the comparisons she heard so much about before leaving the ATX?
"Good live music, like here in Austin," she said. "The UGA campus is stunning -- much like UT -- and Athens is not as conservative as the rest of the state." said Kate.
So, a yea r and a daughter later -- as Kate added a new member to the family while away -- there were many things learned along the way. The simplest: Home is where the heart is.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.