CINCINNATI -- WCPO 9 On Your Side anchor Clyde Gray announced Monday he will retire from broadcasting.
After nearly 24 years at the station and 37 years in broadcasting, the respected anchor says he’s ready to take his life in a new direction.
“When I started in broadcasting 37 years ago, I set certain goals for myself which, through my relationship with WCPO, have all come to fruition. Over the last several years, I have felt a strong tug to reinvent myself, to refresh myself and to take my life in a new direction, which includes more time with my wife and three children,” said Gray. “I am thankful to WCPO and Scripps for the opportunity they extended 24 years ago to work for a company determined to practice the kind of quality journalism that has made an already great community even better. Because of WCPO and Scripps, I have had a very good life and I am ever grateful.”
Jeff Brogan, WCPO 9 On Your Side vice president and general manager, said he’s proud to have worked with Gray for the past two decades. "I know I share in the thoughts of thousands across the Tri-State in wishing Clyde the best of luck in life’s next chapter," said Brogan. "Clyde is one of the top anchors in the market because he has always been the consummate professional to the audience, the community and his colleagues."
After attending Wake Forest University, Gray started his broadcasting career in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. He’s worked at four television stations in three cities with the longest stint at WCPO 9 On Your Side. He moved to Cincinnati in 1979 and joined 9 On Your Side as anchor and reporter with the award-winning investigative team, the I-Team, in September of 1990. Gray investigated abuses of sick time in Hamilton County, violations of federal domestic content law and the need for title branding to protect consumers from cars that had been rebuilt after serious accidents. As a result of this investigation, he testified before the Ohio and United States senates, leading to changes in state law. His aggressive reporting on the I-Team helped the station win the prestigious DuPont Award and multiple regional Emmy awards. The I-Team continues to win multiple awards including a recent Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market television investigation in the country.
He began anchoring 9 On Your Side newscasts in January 1991. As a reporter and anchor, he has covered every major story for more than two decades. He was part of the team that won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market television newscast in the country. Gray will continue anchoring 9 On Your Side newscasts with co-anchors Tanya O’Rourke at 5 p.m. and Carol Williams at 6 and 11 p.m. through the month of August.
“For 24 years, Clyde Gray has been such an important member of the 9 On Your Side team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO 9 On Your Side news director. “We’ll miss his calm demeanor and warm personality, always present whether he was delivering the day’s top stories or breaking news.”
Gray said he is looking forward to the next phase of his life including spending time with his two daughters, son and wife, Kalena.
Gray looks forward to exploring opportunities in media relations, executive coaching and crisis management. “I am excited about opportunities to continue to serve the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area by lending my experience to its many fine business and governmental institutions. I am putting the finishing touches on my future plans,” said Gray.
Join 9 On Your Side this August as we celebrate Clyde’s 24 years with stories and memories of his incredible contributions.
WCPO 9 On Your Side has started a national search for his replacement.
WCPO 9 On Your Side is the ABC network affiliate in Cincinnati owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Co. Scripps (www.scripps.com) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, print and digital media brands. Scripps owns 21 local television stations as well as daily newspapers in 13 markets across the United States. It also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses including online multi-source video news provider Newsy. Scripps also produces television programming, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the longtime steward of one of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational programs, Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1879, Scripps is focused on the stories of tomorrow.