Tegna owned WFAA in Dallas is losing one of their top Reporters.
The Ft. Worth Star Telegram reports that Jim Douglas, the Fort Worth-based reporter who has been with WFAA for more than 20 years, announced that he will retire from the station.
Douglas, who is 60 and lives in Arlington, says the decision partly had to do with the health of his parents, who live in Cincinnati.
“Jim has come to the realization that his family in Ohio needs him more now,” says a memo news director Carolyn Mungo sent to WFAA staff. “While this decision was hard for him, he feels relieved to soon be able to attend to those needs on a more full time basis.”
He plans to travel back and forth from DFW to Cincinnati, but he will remain in Arlington, where he has longtime friends, is active in charity work and sings in the First Methodist Church choir.
“I want to be able to watch a few more baseball games with my dad,” Douglas told DFW.com, adding that he’s a little conflicted by the reitrement decision. But the rigors of TV reporting, with its frequent live shots and outdoor work, were also starting to wear on him. There was also an emotional toll. “I wasn’t sure I could take too much more knocking on doors and talking to grieving families,” he says.
His last day will be July 28.