Longtime Fox 11 news anchor Tony McEwing announced on-air Wednesday he is retiring from the Los Angeles station after three decades.
The Good Day LA anchor called the announcement “bittersweet,” but said it was time to end his broadcast journalism journey.
“For the better part of 30 years, I have sat here delivering the news in all of its forms and facets — the good, the bad, the ugly, the inspiring, the amusing, and the awesome. I can’t begin to tell you how honored and blessed I feel to have the career I’ve had,” he said.
“But of course, nothing lasts forever, and I think the time has now come for me to finally hang up my mic after a journey that has spanned 43 years in total.”
McEwing joined Fox 11 in 1993, and earned seven Emmy Awards during his time in Los Angeles, according to his station bio.
The morning newscaster previously worked at WDSU in New Orleans and KXTV in Sacramento.
In his announcement on Wednesday, he thanked the Fox management team, including former news director Jose Rios for giving him an opportunity. He also mentioned Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations.
Still, McEwing noted that without the support of viewers, his lengthy tenure would not have been possible.
“You’ve invited me into your homes day after day, month after month, year after year,” he said while fighting back tears. “You’ve trusted me to give you accurate and reliable information, made me part of your families, given me accolades when I nailed it and taken me to task sometimes when I didn’t get it quite right. I appreciate that so much.”
The beloved morning anchor has suffered health problems in recent years. Back in February 2020, he announced in a Facebook post that he had been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy and took time off from the station.
Watch Tony McEwing share his announcement in the video below.