LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — After a decade of excellent journalism and award-winning work, Elicia Dover said goodbye to her TV family Thursday afternoon.
"When I first came here, I was a young, single woman in my twenties," an emotional Dover said during her final moments hosting Good Afternoon Arkansas. "Now, I'm leaving with two beautiful children and an amazing husband."
Dover, a native of Bryant, made the decision earlier this month to leave KATV to spend more time with her growing family. Her and her husband Jeremy welcomed a new baby boy to their home in June.
Being a journalist in my hometown has been my greatest dream come true and launching Good Afternoon Arkansas is a fun legacy to leave behind," Dover wrote on social media last week. "Thank you for a wonderful 10 years!"
She said she's looking forward to being able to pick up her two boys from school, attend field trips, and slow down to enjoy the holidays with them.
It's been a joy to work with you, to see you grow over the past decade," Anchor Beth Hunt told Dover on GAA alongside Chris May and Chief Meteorologist Barry Brandt. "You're a master storyteller. You're even more of a master mom. It's been a joy to be your co-worker but also to become your friend."
Since joining the station in August 2013, Dover has produced terrific work and even won a first-place Associated Press Award as a reporter.
Before KATV, she worked as a digital journalist at ABC News in New York. She spent 2012 on the presidential campaign trail reporting for ABC.
It was at ABC News that she won a prestigious Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and was nominated for four national News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
Dover is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
She lives in Sherwood with her family - along with their dog Bentley and cat Prince Harry.
She has a deep appreciation for Arkansas' beautiful hiking trails and grew up exploring the Natural State's national parks.