Robert Jordan Announces Retirement From WGN

By Kevin Eck 

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WGN anchor Robert Jordan says he’s retiring from the Chicago CW affiliate on Sunday, September 25.

“There are not sufficient words to express my profound gratitude for your wonderful friendships to those of you whom I have known for so long,” Jordan told colleagues in a memo he sent out Sunday night. “It has indeed been my pleasure to have known you and to have been able to call you a colleague and friend.”

Jordan says he plans to spend more time with his wife and working on his Alzheimer’s Memory Preservation Project.

He started working at the station in March 1973. He started his career at WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee as a booth announcer and news anchor.

Below is the text of Jordan’s note as published by WGN.

Dear WGN Television Friends,

It is with deep and ambiguous feelings that I alert you to my preparations to retire from WGN Television. On one hand I will miss the many wonderful friends whom I have had the pleasure to know and work with since I came here in 1973. Yet, on the other, I will now have the opportunity to go with my wife of 46 years to the countless weekend fun events that we have not been able to enjoy for these many decades.

My last official day anchoring the weekend news will be Sunday, September 25. For the next year I will continue to transition into civilian life and will fill holes in the schedule when Jennifer and Sandy need me.

As many of you know, I have a video production company that produces legacy videos for families across the country, helping them protect and preserve their family histories. Recently, my business has grown at an exciting rate, prompting me to spend more time traveling and producing the videos for my client families. Additionally my company is continuing to expand into other areas requiring all of my attention and energy. This and many other activities will keep me extremely busy for years to come.

There are not sufficient words to express my profound gratitude for your wonderful friendships to those of you whom I have known for so long. It has indeed been my pleasure to have known you and to have been able to call you a colleague and friend.

I hope we will be able to remain in touch. I wish you all the very best that life can offer . . .

Best wishes to you all,
Bob Jordan

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