Out the Door in O-Town

A longtime Orlando Reporter is moving on.

After nearly 25 years at Hearst owned WESH, Reporter Bob Kealing says he is signing off this week.

He says he is departing to focus on other projects. 

“Twenty-five years is a line of demarcation,” Kealing told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s scary any time you try to jump off in a new venture.”

In announcing his resignation, WESH news director Kirsten Wolff told the staff that Kealing “helped lead coverage on some of the region's biggest stories -- including the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials and the Pulse nightclub shootings.”

She also noted: “While Bob has been a local news warrior, he also has developed a second career as an author, penning books on Tupperware, Elvis and Graham Parsons to name a few. That writing career is what Bob is focusing on now. He's got several book -- and book extension -- plans in the works and he is active in two nonprofits which are also gaining traction.”

“Friday will be my last day at WESH-TV. After 25 years of unforgettable stories and working with a fantastic group of people, I'd like to take a step back and refocus my career. Short term, I'm excited about some opportunities tied to my work as a published author. I also plan to further my historic preservation pursuits through two nonprofits I've been close to for years: the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando and Gram Parsons' Derry Down in Winter Haven. I'm so thankful to all my friends at WESH and I know those friendships will continue. Now, it's on to new adventures!”