Here’s what Asheville Citizen-Times reporter John Boyle reports regarding no more Charu Kumharia on WLOS:
It sounds like Charu is a full-time mom these days. The baby boy came Jan. 21, and Charu and hubby sound like they’re on cloud nine, although they could probably use a good nap like all new parents.
As far as returning to the station, that looks doubtful.
“While I had hoped to return to my job after the birth of my child, I was informed that the station would not hold my position open for me until then,” Kumarhia told me via email. “I value the experience I had with WLOS over the past nine and a half years. Right now, I’m learning to care for a newborn, but I am looking for opportunities to continue to serve Western North Carolina.”
She also mentioned that she’s “very thankful for viewer support over the years — it’s the reason I stayed with the station for so long. My husband and I feel so lucky to raise our family in the mountains!”
Charu didn’t respond to my inquiries. Not sure why, but it sounds like there’s more to this story. Isn’t it illegal not to let a woman go have a baby then come back to work?
Anyway, I’ll miss Charu. She did a great job, and was always fun to see on the beat. Best of luck, Charu.