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Well, I have one week left on the job at KATU. It is a bit bittersweet. Atferall, I have spent  six years at the station and eleven years in the TV business. I will miss the people at KATU. I will miss the commraderie. I will miss the interesting stories I tell and the people I meet everyday, and I’ll miss Norm’s coffee (our assigment editor makes the best coffee!) But you know what? 

Change is WONDERFUL! 

I’m so excited to start my new life as a full-time portrait photographer. It’s scary. It’s magnificent. It’s a crossroad. I can’t believe I actually have the courage to start a whole new career and begin life anew. Who would have thought? Lil ‘ol me? How many people get this chance? I feel so blessed. I feel so honored that I have found a new life passion–a passion that is even stronger than the first. Creativity, art, style, people and human connection—all wrapped into one package. Most of all, I’m amazed that I will be able to get up every morning and say ,

“I love my job!”

Wow! That’s all I can write—wow. To able to connect with families and tell the story of who they really are–to create their family heirloom and stamp in history a moment of their lives?

That is a miracle.

Seven days to start my life fresh— what a moment that will be. I can’t wait.

Until next time,


  1. Congratulations! Change is wonderful. Best of luck to you!

  2. B.J. says:

    Congratulations Julia! There’s a quote by Tagore that goes,

    “I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung to this day. ”

    You, my dear, are strumming to beat-the-band! 🙂

  3. I’m a fan of yours and am sorry to hear that we will no longer see your cheerful face on assignment or reporting the weather.

    Good luck to you, Julia.

  4. Bill Cooper says:

    Julia, Seems like forever since you were the new kid and trying to be “involved” in your stories…remember the Clackamas river story??! As I remember the water you jumped into was incredibly cold!! Congrats on the new career. Its great to be passionate about what you do. I thought I would miss the day to day news biz when I left KPAM to become the GM at the Portland School District radio station, KBPS-AM. I did…for about ten minutes! Good luck!
    Oh, and’re right, Norm’s coffee IS pretty good!

  5. James says:


    I’m so sorry to hear we won’t get to enjoy your work on KATU any longer. I’ve been a big fan since moving to Portland five years ago and I’m sure your presence will be deeply missed. Thanks for brightening our mornings and best of luck as you move on to greater things!

  6. Joe says:

    Good luck to you!

    I’m sure you’ll have success, your photography is exceptional!

    Consider me a fan (and possible future client),


  7. Craig Drum says:

    Good luck with the new job. Just be careful! Remember that episode of “The Brady Bunch” when Greg took a position as the photographer for the football team and ended up with a sprained eyelash from looking through the viewfinder for extended periods of time. Every job has it’s dangers…

  8. Jenny says:

    I’m so happy and excited for you. This is a new beginning, a fresh start and your time to soar! You have an amazing talent and are good at everything you do. I have every confidence that you will be incredibly successful and happy.

    Love ya sis!

  9. Scott says:

    Boo! My family will miss your sunny (OK, sleepy) self on the tube before we head off to church on Sundays.

    With your taste and eye for light, I have no doubt your new venture will be a terrific success. Stieglitz, Strand, Weston, Adams, Radlick? 🙂

  10. Laurent Chaix says:

    As you say, your departure is bittersweet. I will miss not seeing you on week-ends but I know I can always get a fantastic portrait of my woofuses/woofi (plural for “woofus”) and me at your phenomenal portrait boutique. No need to worry about a change, your talents will carry you to unbelievable places. Keep up your great work.

  11. George and Teresa says:

    My wife and I have enjoyed your reportage over the years. Best of luck to you, just looking at the pictures it is obvious you will be very successful. No guts no glory. Have a great time in your new profession.

  12. Guy says:

    I’m happy for you that you have the courage to commit to a new career. I remember hearing you were involved with Arabian Horses. Are you still?

  13. Rob says:


    Your photography is magnificent. I see you have had a great teacher, your father.

    As a wise person once told me, “nothing will happen, unless you make it happen.” Good luck, and enjoy.

  14. Rachel Roman says:

    I used to work with you at KATU and was one of the many disgruntled employees. Life after KATU and news, in general, is brilliant. Leaving was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

  15. Greg says:

    (From Afghanistan)-I remember wrapping my arms around Julia when she came to my Reserve unit to cover the weather and story of our units’ helicopter crash on Mt Hood in 2002. I was securing a gunner’s belt around her waist (from behind) to demonstrate how a crew member was kept from being thrown from the helicopter when she exclaimed, “Oh, my. This is strange.” The cameraman and I both laughed. But maybe I should’ve been insulted? Naw. She was a good sport. Good luck to you, Julia.

  16. Gary says:

    It’s strange to feel real loss when a (mere) news personality departs, but I’m quickly missing your spontaneous laughter (read guffaws:-), shirtsleeve emotion and natural beauty (thanks SO, SO MUCH for not glamming up). I won’t even go on re your professionalism, intelligence, enthusiasm, compassion and insightful, telling asides…

    Flawless? No, thank goodness! Your genuine approach to the camera was like having a best friend or sister delivering the news and weather – amazing! As a result, your transparency in form and spirit have produced indelible memories of actual presence, as though you were in the room.

    Thanks, Julia, for sharing yourself with us these past 11 years…especially the 6 in P-town…and best wishes in all adventures to come! Keep on rockin’ girl! You inspire!


  17. Jim Lewis says:

    My wife and I will miss your smiling face and straightforward presentation. I didn’t know about the photography. So that’s why you were buying all those recordable DVD’s at CompUSA. Yep, disk space will now become a bigger concern than the hours and split shifts. I hope to see you around the photo groups. Good luck!

  18. Michele says:

    Congrats to you Julia! I have to say I always liked you best as the weather person for KATU. I majored in TV Broadcasting but never went into the career, too scared to move away from home at 22 after college, I guess. Your photos are also amazing, as are you, you just learned to ice skate and then you are an Adult ice skating competitor? Can you say “overachiever”. I think you have nothing to worry about. I wish I knew you were a photographer of animals before we had to have our 12 year old Scottie put to sleep. She was beautiful…………
    Thanks for all of your forecasting, I will miss you. I saw you once in Target in Vancouver and was star struck by you……………

  19. Shelly says:

    Hey Julia!
    Congratulations on your new gig! I wish you much happiness!!!
    We will miss you but you tend to be a semi-regular at my restaurant so I know I’ll see you around:)
    Best wishes,

  20. malia says:

    Miss you already,Julia..
    Heck,Missed ya 3 days into you being gone..Mornings are never gonna be the same..

  21. tim says:

    I will miss you on the news. Photography is a great direction, and you sort of look like a photographer. Kinda squinty. I always thought your name was spelled like ratlick, and was of course, captivated by that. Have a great new career.

  22. BFK says:

    Julia, I liked your job as KATU meteroligist(?). Your every-time reporting on KATU brings out passions to many of your fans – many of them like me!
    Julia, it is just so sad to see you quit doing weather. Weather is one of my favorite subject to talk about everyday, you know? I watch KATU all the time – especially watching Rod because he has a since of humor.
    I wish you’d go back to KATU someday because I liked you as a weather eeporter.
    Anyways Julia, best luck to you on your new full-time job as photographer.

  23. lee john says:

    miss radlick i wonderd what happend to you on the news,i just stumbled up on your website glad to know your still folowing success your probably suprised at some of the response you have received,but people do remember you i wish you well.

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