PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — In 1977, the first three nodes of the ArpaNet were connected; the supersonic Concorde started passenger service between New York and England; Jimmy Carter was president; original Star Wars was the top grossing film; and Ava Hurdle started her career at WAVY-TV.
The ArpaNet doesn’t exist anymore. It’s now the Internet. The Concorde stopped flying. Jimmy Carter builds houses and writes books. And Hollywood has moved on to making sequels of prequels of that original blockbuster. Ava outlasted them all.
And now, Ava Hurdle has decided to retire from broadcast journalism.
Ava is a graduate of Norfolk State University, where she earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree. Over the course of her career, Ava has been honored by the Norfolk NAACP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and her alma mater, NSU.
She received the “Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter” award from the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters and was the 2002 recipient of the Robert S. Gallimore Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters.
In addition, Ava’s work has been honored collectively by VAPB and United Press International.
Ms. Hurdle received the “Circle of Excellence” award from the parent company of WAVY-TV 10, in 1997. She was also recognized as “Employee of the Month” in August 1991 and May 1996.
During her 37 years at WAVY News, Ava covered thousands of stories in Hampton Roads on a wide range of topics, but specialized in legal issues.
Ava’s last broadcast on WAVY-TV was January 7, 2015, a report about the USS Leyte Gulf returning to its homeport in Norfolk after a six-month deployment.