WSB chief meteorologist Glenn Burns is retiring after almost 41 years at the Atlanta ABC station.
Burns joined WSB in 1982 and became chief meteorologist in 1986.
“I have done everything I set out to do,” Burns told Atlanta Journal-Constitution media writer Rodney Ho. “The main reason is to give back to my family that sacrificed so much while I am still healthy and able.”
The station has selected Brad Nitz to take over for Burns as chief meteorologist. Nitz joined WSB in 2006. Burns said he stay on at the station as chief meteorologist emeritus with plans to contribute commentary during serious weather events.
In an open letter to viewers, Burns said, “This business has really taken a toll on family life. My wife Susan, and my two children, Kimberly and Christopher, made many sacrifices so I could do what I loved. I am young enough now and in good health. Our general manager, Ray Carter, and our news director Suzanne Nadell have been amazing leaders to work for. I’m honored Ray has asked me to come back as chief emeritus, to join our new chief meteorologist Brad Nitz for the major storm coverage through the year. I’ve loved working with the great and talented Severe Weather Team 2. You will all be in good hands with Brad, Brian Monahan, Eboni Deon, and Jennifer Lopez.”
The AJC said Burns is the last of what was known as the Fab Four to leave the station. The Fab Four was made up of John Pruitt, Monica Pearson and Chuck Dowdle.
Burns started his career as a reporter at WPTV in West Palm Beach and started reporting the weather after the stations chief meteorologist was fired. He joined WSb after working at KARE in Minneapolis.
His last day will be November 22.
Click here to read the text of Burns’ letter.