Broadcasting Pioneer Mary Lynn Roper Announces Retirement

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

She was New Mexico’s first female anchor.

Today, broadcast pioneer and KOAT-TV president and general manager, Mary Lynn Roper, is announcing her retirement.

“Throughout her career, Mary Lynn has exemplified the attributes of a top local broadcaster,’ said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb. ‘She has devoted unwavering attention to KOAT’s news brand and commitment to community service and, in the process, became one of New Mexico’s leading civic leaders.”

Roper arrived at the Hearst-owned station in 1977. Since her start she’s held a number of roles including news director, producer, reporter and photographer. Most viewers remember her as the anchor of the station’s Action 7 newscasts.

She became the station’s general manager in 1993. In 2005, Roper was inducted into the New Mexico Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2008, she was named New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year.

“My greatest joy and accomplishment is having had the honor of proudly serving with the talented and dedicated men and women of KOAT who are truly committed to informing New Mexicans and serving our community,” said Roper upon announcing her departure.

Her retirement caps a 48 year career in broadcasting.