TEGNA-owned Seattle NBC affiliate KING has announced four of its “all-stars” are retiring next week.
Anchors Dennis Bounds, Jean Enersen, chief meteorologist Jeff Renner, and investigative reporter Linda Byron have added their names to the list of veterans leaving TEGNA-owned stations after the station group offered a buyout.
“It would be impossible to adequately express how much these individuals have contributed over the years, or how much they will be missed,” said Jim Rose, KING vp and station manager. “They are leaders in our community, philanthropists, mentors to their colleagues and some of the greatest local journalists in the country.”
“The timing of multiple departures is not a coincidence,” reports KING. “Six weeks ago, KING 5 offered voluntary early retirement to qualified employees throughout the organization.”
As a result, The Home Team now prepares to say goodbye to several members of its staff, from these on-air journalists to many people behind the scenes. Individuals who have contributed to the success of KING 5, whose knowledge and comradery will be missed.
Enersen celebrated 45 years with KING in July 2013. Bounds has been with the station since 1991. Chief meteorologist Renner started at KING in 1977. Byron has been at the station for more than 26 years.
The station also said, “Viewers are invited to tune-in on Friday, April 22, take part in online discussions, share their memories and seal their place in our collective hearts.”