Don Germaise, the first reporter hired at Tampa Bay’s WFTS, has announced that he will retire in May.
“There’s no replacing a Don Germaise,” WFTS news director Doug Culver told Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times. He said a tribute is planned for Germaise, who will work his last day at the station on May 25.
Germaise was hired in 1994 at the Tampa Bay ABC-affiliate. He said the decision to leave was his own, and he plans to volunteer for local charities after leaving the station.
“I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to work,” he said. “Now I feel I owe it to the community to give back.”