Steve Raible, up until Friday the lead weeknight news anchor for Cox-owned KIRO in Seattle, WA, sent an open letter to his viewers, explain a change that starts tonight.
I want to share with you some changes in my life that will also bring changes to our 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
I’ll continue to be with you every night on our evening newscast from 5-6:30 p.m. But starting Monday, Dave Wagner and Monique Ming Laven will be anchoring our 7 p.m. newscasts, and Monique will be anchoring the 11 p.m. newscasts. Monique and Dave are fantastic teammates, and two of the most talented journalists I know. Their great work will continue to bring the in-depth coverage you expect.
No, I’m not yet retiring.
Why the change? This is something that my wife, Sharon, and I have been talking about for months. For the first time in more than 30 years, my bride and I will get to make dinner after the evening newscast, and we’re excited to have that time together. I don’t normally talk about myself – you tune in for the news, and I’m not the story – but I’m sharing this so you hear about my decision directly from me. No one asked me to step down from the 7 or 11 p.m. broadcasts. Our company’s pending sale wasn’t a factor. I’m fortunate to be in good health. This is simply something Sharon and I have been hoping to do for some time, and the time is right now.
In addition to being with you each night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on KIRO 7, I’ll continue to be with you as the voice of the Seahawks. I love that team and I love my teammates at KIRO 7 – a place I’ve been happy to call home since my last season with the Seahawks in 1981.
Thanks for all the support you’ve shown me in my 37 years at KIRO. I’ll see you with the Seahawks on Sundays, and on our weekday newscasts at 5 p.m.
Raible played six seasons for the Seahawks before going into broadcasting at KIRO.