Peabody Journalism award-winning journalist Kerry Sanders is retiring after 32 years at NBC’s Today show. The journalist is popular for his in-depth hurricane coverage, including the devastating Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, and Andrew. Kerry also has been a frontline reporter in the 1991 Desert Storm and during the 2003 Iraq War. So, why is the journalist retiring from the show? Keep reading to find out the details!
Terry Sanders Feels Joining NBC Was A Dream Come True
The South Florida-based journalist has reported from almost every U.S. state, and continent. He even visited 65 different countries since he joined NBC News in 1991. On Tuesday, the 62-year-old wrapped up his journey on the Today show and noted, “I think that I can’t believe that I had this amazing opportunity to join this family. I still pinch myself to think that you all welcomed me and that I was a part of this. It’s been a dream come true.”
When asked what the correspondent would miss the most after his retirement, he replied, “Ultimately, it’s the camaraderie and the family, because this is a daily, high-energy experience.”
Savannah Guthrie Dubs Kerry Sanders A Superhero
Additionally, in a voice-over tribute created for Kerry Sanders, his former co-host Savannah Guthrie referred to him as, “NBC’s resident superhero, but on Earth, he was our ‘everyman.’”
As reported by People, Sanders has reported over a series of stories including lighter ones like a trip to the North Pole, scuba-diving, and Alaska on the Winter Solstice. However, he has also reported on some serious stories like election coverage and legal cases such as the Casey Anthony trial. However, he is best known for covering severe weather events. To date, he has covered more than 60 hurricanes.
Since 1991, @KerryNBC has been fearlessly reporting on stories around the planet.
Now, he is announcing his retirement and we’re celebrating his amazing career.
You have brightened our mornings for 32 years — thank you Kerry Sanders! pic.twitter.com/bfw4wDs7DY
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 17, 2023
On Twitter, the journalist received a farewell from the Today show in a video with a caption that read, “Since 1991, @KerryNBC has been fearlessly reporting on stories around the planet. Now, he is announcing his retirement and we’re celebrating his amazing career. You have brightened our mornings for 32 years- thank you, Kerry Sanders!”
Kerry & His Wife Deborah Decided Its Time For Retirement
Sanders was a reporter at NBC’s affiliate WTVJ based in Miami when he joined the network in 1991. Talking about his retirement, he said that his wife Deborah Sharp has been an amazing supporter of his decision. Together, they decided that it is the best time for him to retire. During the pandemic, the couple realized that they wanted to spend more time together. The former NBC journalist noted, “We realized we do really good together all the time, so maybe that is what we should do now.”
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