Inquiring minds want to know: Where is WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Erica Brecher?
It isn't surprising when viewers note that a TV veteran like Channel 2 weatherman Kevin O'Connell misses several weeks, as he did recently with a medical issue before returning.
But it isn't often I'm asked about the whereabouts of a general assignment TV reporter, especially one who has been here in as short a period as Brecher. She arrived here three years ago.
The viewer awareness of Brecher's absence by a few of my readers speaks to how popular she has become so quickly and to the appreciation readers have for a strong reporter who quickly gets to the heart of stories she covers.
It turns out she is on the disabled list with an injury that may even make Western New Yorkers relate to her more.
In a Twitter exchange, Brecher wrote that she tore her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament of the knee) in late June playing for a coed softball team, "Ferguson Electric Shockers," in a program called "Game On!" and had knee surgery on July 18.
She added she is hoping to return to work in a week or two.
"At this point, I am just waiting for stitches to be removed and get medical clearance to work based on the strength of my leg," she added. "The big lesson I learned: Don't take yourself so seriously in a just-for-fun adult softball league."
She added that she tore the ligament while making a throw from center field to the infield "that went terribly wrong."
"As soon as I stepped to release the ball I both heard and felt this big 'pop' and collapsed," she said. "I had fluid drained from my knee and a MRI the next day, together which confirmed the torn ACL."
Brecher and WIVB-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Andrew Baglini were married in late May. He plays on the same softball team on Tuesday nights, which is one of their mutual nights off. He quickly had to practice the "in sickness and in health."
"The injury really tested him on those vows a lot sooner than we could have ever imagined, but he's been really great helping me around and driving me to all my appointments!" wrote Brecher.