Idaho Anchor Retires After ‘Rewarding Career’

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

For more than 35 years, Jay Hildebrandt has been a staple on the KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Last week the anchor-reporter announced he will be retiring.

He currently anchors the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. shows. He made the announcement on the 10 p.m. show alongside his co-anchor of 29 years, Karole Honas.


“It’s been an incredibly rewarding career,” Hildebrandt said. “I feel very fortunate to have had a job that I love and that gave me the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people in the community and with colleagues that have become my best friends. People ask me what I am going to do after I retire. With five kids and 15 grandchildren scattered around the west I think I will find enough to do to keep busy.”

He joined the team back in 1984. The public can say farewell to the longtime anchorman at an event on Nov. 27, the same day he will anchor his last show.