CUTTING BACK IN SEATTLE

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.

Friends,

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.

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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.

Steve

Raible played six seasons for the Seahawks before going into broadcasting at KIRO.

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