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WGN Sports anchor Rich King
WGN Sports anchor Rich King

CHICAGO — After 48 years in the business, WGN Sports anchor and reporter Rich King has announced his retirement.

His last day will be June 15.

A native of Chicago’s South Side, King started his career with an internship at WGN. He worked at WBBM-TV and Radio for more than 20 years, and then in 1991, he returned to WGN for good.

Read King’s Facebook post about his retirement below:

it is finally official. i am calling it quits on June 15th. the end of a 48 year career that wildly exceeded every dream I had when it began on that warm summer day in 1968. It is fitting it will end where it began, at WGNTV where I started out as an intern. Sandwiched in between was a 24 year run at CBS radio and TV. I plan to enjoy each day in the final five months hoping the Bulls and Blackhawks will send me out with a nice playoff run. I told my boss ,Jen Lyons , that it will be hard to give it up but at the same time I am finally at peace with my decision. The timing is right. I still feel I am in top form and could go on for a year or two, but it is better to go out on your feet instead of being carted out the door feet first on a stretcher. Had I not met April I would have retired six years ago. She gave me new life and restored my taste for living and working. We have exciting plans now. More time for travel, more time to enjoy with old and new friends. More time to enjoy each other.

WGN wishes you all the best, Rich!