By Kelly Jackson
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It's a bittersweet day at NewsChannel 5 as we say goodbye to our colleague and friend Sharon Stevens.
She's been part of our family and yours for decades, and today is her last day at KSDK.
Sharon is a true journalist, reporting on just about anything you can imagine. So we thought we'd search the archives and take a journey back at some of the stories she's covered, and some she won't soon forget.
PHOTOS: Sharon Stevens says goodbye to KSDK
When Sharon joined NewsChannel 5 back in 1993 she'd already been covering the education beat across town for a decade. She carried the title of education reporter throughout her 30 year career in St. Louis, which is rare in any television market.
With so many school districts and tough issues to tackle, Sharon handled it like a true pro, earning the respect of everyone in the education field.
Inducted in the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2011, Sharon's received numerous awards for work and dedication.
She's also paid it forward in a big way, mentoring hundreds young journalists, many of whom are reporters, producers and news managers on the local and national level, like Anzio Williams.
"You have been such an inspiration to so many, including myself. Young kid, coming out of college, didn't know what I wanted to do, and now I'm the news director in Philadelphia. I thank you on behalf of all the kids of all the students who you've helped through the years," said Williams, news director at WCAU in Philadelphia.
And Sharon's years of service did not go unnoticed here at NewsChannel 5. She was constantly rewarded with plum assignments.
Like reporting live in the middle of a monsoon, a blizzard, and even 120 degree weather. Not to mention, a tornado.
Not exactly covering the news from the comfort of a studio, but she's always came through with style and grace.
Sharon has also been presented with a signed proclamation from Mayor Francis Slay, who has designated July 10, 2013 "Sharon Stevens Day."
"Congratulations Sharon on your outstanding career in television. Thank you for your many contributions to television and our community and best wishes in the future," said Mayor Slay.
We will miss you, education diva. The best is yet to come!