Jim Gardner, longtime news anchor at WPVI, the ABC-owned affiliate in Philadelphia, is reducing his anchoring schedule as he plans to retire at the end of 2022 after more than four decades in broadcast.
Jim Gardner, longtime news anchor at WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, is reducing his anchoring schedule as he plans to retire at the end of 2022 after more than four decades in broadcast.
Considered the dean of local TV news anchors here in Philadelphia, Gardner has held the long-tenured position of anchor of Action News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. since May 11, 1977, after joining WPVI as a reporter and anchor during of the noon newscast on June 1, 1976.
Gardner informed his colleagues of his decision to reduce his schedule by continuing to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast, with Ducis Rodgers and meteorologist Cecily Tynan, but no longer anchoring at 11 p.m. His last late newscast is scheduled for early January.
WPVI will announce his replacement in the coming months.
“It’s hard to imagine that I have had the opportunity to spend a professional lifetime with colleagues so committed, resourceful and wonderful,” Gardner says. “They have taught me so much about television journalism and about myself. I am profoundly grateful. I have spent most of my adult life at Action News, and many of our viewers have grown up and experienced life along with me and the on-air team I’ve worked side-by-side with. I’ve been blessed to raise a family here and to be a member of this community over the past 45 years. I feel I have a special relationship with our viewers and the communities we serve, and I plan to continue to enjoy every minute with them over the next year.”
“For many of us, Jim is the last news voice we hear before ending our day,” says Bernie Prazenica, WPVI’s GM. “He has guided us through the good and the bad with calm confidence for more than 40 years, often reassuring us that tomorrow will bring a better day. His presence will be missed by our viewers and by all of us at 6abc. Thankfully, we have another year with him during the 6 p.m. newscast, and we look forward to his continued presence and leadership.”
Gardner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1970. Following his graduation, he worked briefly at the all-news WINS-AM in New York and later at WFAS-AM in White Plains, N.Y. He began his television career at WKBW Buffalo, N.Y., before joining his long run at WPVI.
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