Stacy Smith is retiring from KDKA after 38 years at the Pittsburgh CBS-owned station and 50 years in broadcasting.
“I offer my heartfelt thank you for joining me each day on KDKA,” said Smith. “It has been my privilege to report the stories, from tragedies to triumphs and the everyday events that affect all of our lives.”
“Stacy is truly a pro’s pro. He has worked tirelessly to bring the news of the day to our Pittsburgh community. His career is marked with great accomplishments, compassion and friendship,” said vp and general manager Chris Cotugno. “His dedication to his co-workers and community was never more evident than during this pandemic. Stacy never stopped even though he was not in the building. He was an early adapter of Zoom as his focus shifted to reporting the business news of the day–he never had an excuse not to do something, he just did it–true professionalism. I will miss our talks about ratings, the stock market and of course golf. Good luck to you and your family during the next chapter–we’ll all miss you.”
The station says Smith was “pivotal in the development, implementation, and execution of its 2020 election coverage plan and footprint.”
Before joining KDKA in 1983, Smith anchored the evening newscasts at WDAF in Kansas City, Mo. for six years. He’s also worked at WHAS AM/FM/TV in Louisville and WIFE-AM (now WIBC) in Indianapolis.
He started his broadcast career at WLBC-AM/FM in Muncie, Ind., in December of 1971.