Longtime South Bend Anchor Terry McFadden to Retire

By Kevin Eck 

WNDU anchor Terry McFadden is retiring from the South Bend, Indiana NBC affiliate on Friday after 40 years in the industry.

“He doesn’t need to be the loudest in the room because when he talks, people listen,” WNDU reporter and anchor Lauren Moss told the South Bend Tribune.

McFadden was once part of the country’s only brother-sister anchor team until his sister Maureen retired in 2019.


He joined the station where his sister worked as an anchor for the first time in 1982.

Believing there was a nepotism policy, McFadden said he didn’t think he’d ever be able to hold a contracted position there because of his sister’s job, so he joined CBS affiliate WSBT in 1987.

He came back to WNDU to anchor with his sister in 1993 after the station’s news director asked Maureen why her brother worked for the competition. Maureen plans to join her brother in his last newscast at 6 on Friday evening.

He told the Tribune his advice for young journalists is to, “Know a little something about everything, if you can. Be well rounded. Learn about the world as much as you can. Don’t live life with tunnel vision.”

George Mallet will replace McFadden starting Monday on the 5 and 11 p.m. shows.