Now, 27 years later, I'm making one of the most difficult moves of my life. I've been pondering this for some time now and have decided to step away from the anchor desk. My last newscast will be on May 28th.
I don't really like the word "retire," and by no stretch of the imagination is that what I intend I do. My bosses here at KOMO and at Sinclair Broadcast Group (our owners) have made it very clear to me that they would like me to be involved in future special projects and special reports on KOMO-TV. After taking a little time off I expect to be back on the air occasionally to cover some issues important to our community.
I look back so fondly of my time on the anchor desk with my dear friend Kathi Goertzen, who passed away nearly two years ago after her long battle with brain tumors. She was such a pro. A great journalist. A really good friend. And I found out when Kathi lost her battle that I had thousands of friends I didn't realize. The support I got from you, and this community, was overwhelming. It meant the world to me. Still does.
It happened again last month when our helicopter crashed and we lost two KOMO colleagues. Once again our viewers realized I was deeply saddened by the loss and people from far and wide contacted me to offer words of support and encouragement. There is no way I can say "thank you" enough.
So many major stories over the years: The Pang Warehouse fire that took four Seattle firefighters from us. The implosion of the Kingdome. The Nisqually earthquake. Winter storms. Wind storms. A series of ghastly shootings that took the lives of several local police officers. And most recently the Snohomish County mudslide. Just to name a very few.
There have been a lot of good times. The Seahawks Super Bowl win this year is definitely one of the major highlights. I just loved the way it brought this community together.
Seattle was such a new place to me in August of 1987. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this place. For sure, the best move I ever made.