WRTV (ABC) reporter Derrik Thomas signs off today after 40 years on air.

He celebrated his 40th anniversary in April.

Thomas calculates he’s done about 12,000 stories in those 40 years.

Thomas grew up in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with an English degree from MacMurray College in 1975.

He went on to get his master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1977.

Thomas started his career as a reporter for WMT-TV (now KGAN) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before landing in Minneapolis as a reporter for KMSP (FOX).

Eventually he caught the eye of WRTV’s News Director and was hired, his first day was  April 13, 1979,

Since that day, Thomas has covered thousands of stories, worked with hundreds of journalists, and seen exponential changes in our industry.

And while the news, people and technology has changed, Thomas storytelling, writing and ability to turn a phrase, has remained the same.

He teased viewers Thursday about what he’d do today when he signs off.


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