Another high-profile television news anchor will step away from the cameras this spring.
Dee Sarton announced plans to retire from KTVB on June 6th after more than 40 years with the station.
“For the past four decades KTVB has given me a dream job in the most wonderful place on earth, and soon I’ll be able to start in on my bucket list – most of which I’ve developed while covering or watching amazing stories on our news,” Sarton said in a prepared release. “I’ll be retiring with a heart overflowing with great memories and immeasurable gratitude. I thank KTVB and our entire community for making my career and my life more fulfilling than anyone deserves.”
Sarton began with KTVB in the 1980s, anchoring the station’s 5pm newscast. She still anchors the daily broadcast, as well as shows at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“Her contributions to the legacy success of KTVB are immeasurable,” KTVB President and General Manager Kate Morris said in the prepared release. “As the most trusted voice in Idaho, Dee has provided leadership and guidance to four decades of journalists.”
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized Sarton with its Silver Circle award in 2014 for excellence in broadcast journalism. She also spearheaded the Wednesday’s Child series of reports, seeking to connect families with adoptable children in the area.
(Disclosure: I worked with Sarton for 17 of her 40 years, including as producer for a variety of newscasts she anchored).