|Brendan McLaughlin Signs off Dec. 18th
Brendan McLaughlin was on the anchor desk for the very first newscast from WFTS-TV. Now, after 21 years on-air at ABC Action News, McLaughlin has decided to move on from this role. His last day will be Friday, Dec 18th. After that, he has decided to spend the long hours he committed to local journalism on other projects he is involved with in the Bay area.
Join us over the next weeks as we celebrate his contributions not only to ABC Action News, but to the community and viewers who have invited him into their homes every evening.
“Having reported on the people and events of my adopted home town for the last 21 years, I’m forever bonded to this special place and to you, my viewers and friends.
Broadcast journalism can be an all-consuming career. That’s why, after nearly three decades in the business, I’ve decided to take a sabbatical- time to read, travel and explore all the things there was never time for. Afterwards, I plan to get back to work pursuing other projects important to me right here in the Tampa Bay Area.
I leave with gratitude and admiration for my colleagues at ABC Action News who have been dedicated, hardworking and most importantly- kind to each other and to me.”
Currently the 5:30pm and 6:00pm anchor and reporter, Brendan McLaughlin began his career in television news in San Francisco. Before coming to Tampa, he worked at stations in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. McLaughlin has won many awards for his news coverage which spans from stories about the Loma Prieta earthquake that interrupted the World Series in 1989 to reports from Cuba, Iraq and Vietnam. But, some of his most important coverage happened right here in the Bay area keeping viewers informed when big events unfolded or stories need in-depth coverage on how they affect the lives of people right here at home.
“It is tough news for us at ABC Action News. Over the years, Brendan has provided all of us with some of the best reporting and community leadership in all of Tampa Bay,” said WFTS Vice President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “Knowing Brendan’s sense of commitment, we understand and fully support his decision to invest his time more fully in projects he is passionate about.
“This is a person dedicated to great reporting and storytelling, highly respected journalist in the community and inside our newsroom here at ABC Action News. We are so appreciative of his exceptional work here and wish him all the best,” said News Director Matt Brown.
From all of us at ABC Action News, “Thank you, Brendan!”
About WFTS/ABC Action News
WFTS-TV is the primary ABC network affiliate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota television market, programming a strong schedule of news, sports and entertainment. ABC Action News has been named the Associated Press’ Best Overall News Operation for past six years and has won numerous national awards for investigative journalism and community service. WFTS-ABC Action News was the first broadcast station newscast in the Tampa Bay area to broadcast in high definition. ABC Action News leads the way providing local news and weather coverage on-air, on the web and on mobile phones. WFTS-TV is a Scripps Media station. For additional information, visit the WFTS-TV website at www.abcactionnews.com.
The E.W. Scripps Company serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. When Scripps and the former Journal Communications merged their broadcast assets in early 2015, they also spun off their respective newspapers, creating a new public company, Journal Media Group. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including mobile video news service Newsy and weather app developer WeatherSphere. Scripps also produces television shows including The List and The Now, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”