WDEF wishes Doris Ellis Happy Retirement after 50 years

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Luther Masingill was our longest running employee, working at WDEF TV from when we signed on in 1954 until his death in 2014.

But his dear friend, Doris Ellis, comes a not-so-close second.

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She retires today just a few months shy of 50 years on the job.

Doris was hired as a teenager in 1967.

Over the years, she has run our morning show, our production department, public affairs, community relations and WDEF programming.

But at her retirement party today, people remembered her personal connections over job titles.

Over the years she was both a role model and mentor to many here.

Now, she is simply our station Mom.

We’re sharing a tribute video edited by Jamal Williams that looks back at Doris’s 50 years at WDEF.