ND Out in Cincy

WKRC News Director Kirk Varner is headed out the door at the Sinclair Owned station. 

Varner was the longest serving News Director in the market at just over 4 years. 

Here is the internal email he sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:

From: Kirk Varner 
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 9:56 AM To: Cincinnati WKRC News
Subject: A Personal Announcement

I’ve written a good number of emails about personnel changes here at Local 12. It is =me to write one about myself.

The headline is that I’m leaving the position of News Director for Local 12 on July 3rd. It will be some 4 and 1⁄2 years to the day since I started working here and to put it as simply as I can, I don’t believe that in my forty years of being a broadcaster, I’ve ever enjoyed a station, a market and a group of colleagues as much.

But in the growth and development of any organization, there are =mes when it is appropriate to bring in a new coach to help lead the team to the next level. AMer discussing it with Jon Lawhead, we’ve agreed that this is that =me for WKRC-TV.

I’ve had a series of great opportuni=es in my career, and this ranks one ranks amongst the very best. I’m hoping my next chapter allows me to stay in Cincinnati, because Denyse and I like this place and the people here, so much. Plus, I’m looking forward to being a loyal viewer and a cheerleader for your con=nued success as “Cincinnati’s News Leader”.

I’ll try to communicate my appreciation personally to each one of you over the next two weeks, but for now--thank you for your support, your hard work and your friendship.
I appreciate every bit of it.