Back in Action- Kim Adams returns home in new TV role
By Jena Passut of The Oakland Press
Kim Adams has been getting a lot of comments about her looks lately. “Oh, you’re so thin,” people will say. “Are you not eating because of stress?” Adams, a fan favorite at WDIV-Channel 4 before leaving a year ago, and known as “Action Adams” at WXYZ Channel 7 before that, has been under a great deal of strain lately, moving back to Detroit after Hurricane Katrina wrecked her Pascagoula, Miss., home and everything in it. But she has a better answer for her change in appearance.
“I was pregnant the whole time I was there (on TV at WDIV),” she says with a laugh. Adams, 35, left Local 4 in the fall of 2004 when her husband, Lt. Jeffery Daudert, an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer for the U.S. Navy, was transferred for duty in support of the war. She and her two young children, Ava, who will be 3 on Christmas Eve, and Aaron, 2, moved to Pascagoula and Adams traded her TV personality gig for the full-time job of a military wife and stay-at-home mom. “It was a very, very big change for me,” Adams says. As if that weren’t enough, Hurricane Katrina hit and nearly obliterated Adams’ home and most of her family’s belongings.
“We were in a pretty serious bind,” Adams recalls of the devastating Aug. 29 storm. Good thing Channel 4 came calling. The station, which had followed Adams’ story, offered her a job covering health. “They said, ‘Just come home, we’ll take care of you,’” Adams says, adding that the Navy transferred Daudert back to Michigan, as well. “They have been so good to me; no other employer would have done this.” Adams, a meteorologist who has a masters degree in journalism, returns to Channel 4 in “Kim’s Good Health,” reports that air weekdays at 5 and 6 a.m., noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She also will fill in as meteorologist from time to time. She is living in Farmington Hills. “Kim is a scientist, a respected hometown broadcaster and a mom,” says Neil Goldstein, vice president and news director of WDIV, in a statement. “Add to that her personal interest in health and fitness, and you have the ideal Local 4 health reporter.”
Adams, the first female meteorologist in Detroit television history, says the response from viewers has been overwhelming. “It’s so humbling,” she says. “I’m so overwhelmed with people. It’s such a good feeling. It’s like I have a huge family.” Adams says she thinks often about the other Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi. “People are living in tents in their front yards,” she says. “It gets cold at night and they don’t have big time TV jobs to come back to. “Hopefully we can help some of the people down there who feel forgotten.” And it’s not just Adams’ hair that has grown. “I’ve changed tremendously,” Adams says. “The little things that used to bother me so much, like traffic on the way home, now those things are so small and so petty.” (Sun 12/25)
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