After 18 Years at WFTS, Don Germaise Will Retire


By Merrill Knox Comment

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.”