Nearly a week after being presented with the City of Atlanta's Phoenix Award, the city's highest honor, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a special commendation to 11Alive's Brenda Wood for her years of dedicated service as a journalist.

Wood, who has spent 40 years in the television news business, 20 of which have been spent right here in Atlanta, is in her last month at 11Alive and is set to retire in February.

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On Monday, Gov. Deal personally read the commendation during a small gathering in the ceremonial room of the state capitol.

The official commendation congratulated Wood on her commitment to the community, her service to Georgia through a number of service projects and wished her "health and happiness in her retirement."

Read the full commendation below. (Mobile viewers click here to read.)

11Alive's Shiba Russell will take over for Wood after her retirement. Click here to watch Brenda pass the torch.

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