Veteran local TV journalist Mike Scott will retire June 14, leaving local CBS station KGPE just a few days short of his 30th anniversary.
"I had a great 30 years here and loved that people let me come into their homes," Scott said. "I always loved hearing that some people grew up with me."
Scott said he has no specific reasons for retiring now, other than to say that he won't miss getting up at 2 a.m. to go to work. He plans to take some time to relax, look at other opportunities and do some traveling.
The announcement of Scott's retirement comes months after the purchase of KGPE (Channel 47.1) and local NBC affiliate KSEE (Channel 24.1) by Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting. Since the purchases, the stations have shared news reporters and have plans for operations to move under one roof.
When asked if Scott's departure had anything to do with the merger, Matt Rosenfeld, president and general manager for both stations, said: "Scott's retiring June 14."
Soon after Nexstar purchased KSEE to go along with KGPE, Rosenfeld anticipated natural attrition would be enough to prevent layoffs. Scott's retirement would be such an example. In other markets where Nexstar has combined stations, there have been layoffs.
As an anchor and reporter, Scott covered stories across the country, including the Fresno State men's basketball team's 1983 National Invitation Tournament championship victory in New York, where Scott broadcast for several days from the CBS News headquarters. He traveled regularly to Disneyland to report on new attractions at the theme park.
"Mike's 30 years on CBS47 is an outstanding accomplishment, the places he has traveled and the stories he has told will leave a tremendous impact on us all," Rosenfeld said.
Scott's work earned him an Emmy for his contributions to "CBS47 On Your Side at Noon."
Before coming to the Fresno market on July 5, 1983, Scott worked 10 years at several Bakersfield radio and TV stations.
Scott's contribution to the television station will be celebrated the week of July 10-14. Viewers and fans are encouraged to send Scott farewell messages to the CBS47 Facebook page or through Twitter @MikeScottFresno.
Along with the loss of Scott's 30 years of experience, KSEE managing editor Mike Hartman is retiring Friday after 52 years.
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