Bob Jordan took to social media this afternoon to announce that after nearly a half century in more than a half dozen markets, he’s leaving the news business.
After 45 years in TV, it’s time for the next chapter in life. I’m happy to be retiring, effective the end of June. ‘The Rest is the Best.’
— Bob Jordan (@bobatkiro7) May 23, 2014
Jordan has been news director at Cox-owned KIRO-TV for the last two years, transferring from Cox-owned WFTV in Orlando. “It never felt like work,” Jordan told us this afternoon. “I was blessed to find a career I loved and lucky to have met and worked with so many great, talented people.” This was Jordan’s second stint in Seattle. He was news director at KING-TV from 1990-1993 before heading south to run the newsroom at KCBS in Los Angeles.
A Minnesota native, Jordan has been news director at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul and was twice news director (and, in the earlier stint, an anchor, here’s proof) at WFTV in Orlando. In 1994, he built the newsroom at WFTS in Tampa/St. Pete when the station switched from a news-less Fox affiliate to ABC station. (I was one of the fortunate ones to work for Jordan at WFTS). He would later be named station manager at WFTS before moving across the state to West Palm Beach in 1998 as GM of Scripps-owned WPTV. He returned to WFTV in 2002, where he remained for 10 years.