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ABC13 host Tom Koch announced on Feb. 1 that he will be retiring at the end of May.
The Eyewitness News anchor has worked for the network for nearly 40 years. He has hosted the ABC13 morning newscast for 33 years.
In an emotional speech on Monday morning during the final segment of his show, Koch held back tears while announcing the big news of his retirement.
“Finally this morning, for almost 39 years, I’ve been honored and humbled that you invited me into your home every morning to inform, update and share a laugh,” said Koch on air.
He continued to say thank you to the viewers of ABC13, who he called his “extended family.”
“Without you, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “And this dream, this small-town Wisconsin kid, the dream of reporting the news in the greatest city in the world would not have come true without you.”
Koch is an award-winning journalist. Locally, he’s reported on Houston City Hall, the Texas legislature and NASA. He has covered 10 hurricanes and a dozen national political conventions. He’s also reported from around the world, from the Vatican and Central America to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Samica Knight, Koch’s co-anchor, said on Twitter: “My work husband told me he’s leaving me.”
😢 My work husband told me he’s leaving me. My ace, my partner in news, my friend @TomKochABC13 announced he’s retiring in May. That gives me 4 months to laugh & give him a hard time. You’re not done with me yet Tom. ❤️ #abc13 https://t.co/KJuB5fo8mh pic.twitter.com/heBDvAc5Ad
— Samica Knight (@SamicaKnight13) February 1, 2021
Koch’s final newscast will air at the end of May.