WBAL veteran news anchor Stan Stovall said he is retiring at the end November.
“Stovall is one of the most well-known and respected faces in the Baltimore television market, having worked in Charm City for more than three decades,” said the Baltimore NBC station.
Stovall started his career in Phoenix in 1970 as the first African American TV news reporter in the state of Arizona. He became the youngest TV news anchor in the country one year later, at the age of 18. He’s also worked in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
“Stan has been recognized for journalistic excellence by multiple esteemed organizations across the state,” said Dan Joerres, president and general manager of WBAL. “Most recently, he was inducted into the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Gold Circle, an honor awarded to individuals who have devoted more than a half century to the broadcast industry. It was a crowning achievement and tribute to an extraordinary career featuring outstanding contributions not only to WBAL-TV 11, but to the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland.”
Stovall has worked at WBAL twice, the first time he worked there from 1978 to 1983. He returned in 2003.
He said he will deliver his final newscast at 6 p.m. with co-anchor Deborah Weiner on November 23.