Jim Sackett on Kelley's 30 years at WPTV

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 04:32:02-05

As they say: You've come a long way baby. From the days of reporting in 1986 to the middle-of-the-night wake-up calls in the early days of "Today on 5.”

Remember your first day anchoring in the morning with Kent Ehrhardt?

And then John Favole joined the team.

There were plenty of guests to interview on the midday show, sometimes with kids in tow!

And who can forget some of those memorable moments, like when you met George Clooney on the set of E-R?

Boy did we hear a lot about that!

Even Oprah rolled out the red carpet for you and then became a fast friend.

Sure, over the years your fashion sense evolved and so did your hair styles. But the one thing that remains constant is your sense of fairness; of doing things right and doing them well.

Perhaps that's why you're one of the most trusted, most respected and truly well-liked journalists around.

Born and raised up the road in Daytona Beach you’ve enjoyed every aspect of South Florida including all sorts of fun at SunFest.

Your calm demeanor and understanding makes you a trusted source every day, especially in times of uncertainty.

From the anchor desk, to live in the field, your commanding presence earns you the respect of all.

Over three decades we've shared your heartaches and your joys. In many ways becoming part of your family as you became part of ours here at NewsChannel 5.

Through the years we've learned to accept your allegiance to the Florida Gators, your flair for fashion, design and all things organized. And your ability to laugh, especially at yourself and at me!

Ask anyone what why Kelley Dunn is so well-loved and you'll hear she's normal, she's approachable and she's one of us.

Yes, people certainly identify with you.

30 years into a career here at WPTV I can honestly say yes, she is one of us; a regular girl, a smart lady and a true friend who's anything but ordinary.