Make us your home page

Longtime anchor Brendan McLaughlin to leave ABC Action News

Brendan McLaughlin will pursue other bay area projects.

Brendan McLaughlin will pursue other bay area projects.

TAMPA — Longtime Tampa Bay news anchor Brendan McLaughlin is leaving WFTS-Ch. 28 after 21 years, the latest in a series of anchor retirements and departures from local television stations.

McLaughlin will stay in the Tampa Bay area and pursue other projects after his last day on air Dec. 18.

"Broadcast journalism can be an all-consuming career. That's why, after nearly three decades in the business, I've decided to take a sabbatical — time to read, travel and explore all the things there was never time for," McLaughlin said. He broke the news about his departure on his Facebook page.

He joins a long list of high-profile anchors to vacate their chairs in the last year.

Longtime Fox 13 anchor John Wilson retired last November, followed by WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Gayle Sierens in May.

McLaughlin's WFTS colleague Linda Hurtado went off the air in May to spend more time with her family. In October John Thomas, the weekend morning anchor for the ABC station, also left abruptly.

And anchor Denise White retired last month from Fox 13, which announced Wednesday that it was hiring Hurtado to co-anchor it's 5 p.m. broadcast and anchor its noon program.

McLaughlin is currently the 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. anchor on ABC Action News. He began his career in television news in San Francisco and also worked in Seattle and Austin, Texas, before coming to Tampa Bay. He has won several awards for his reporting, which includes stories on the Loma Prieta earthquake that interrupted the World Series in 1989 to reports from Cuba, Iraq and Vietnam.

"Knowing Brendan's sense of commitment, we understand and fully support his decision to invest his time more fully in projects he is passionate about," said WFTS Vice President and General Manager Nick Nicholson.

Contact Justine Griffin at Follow @SunBizGriffin.

Longtime anchor Brendan McLaughlin to leave ABC Action News 12/03/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2015 8:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. New owners take over downtown St. Petersburg's Hofbräuhaus


    ST. PETERSBURG — The downtown German beer-hall Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg has been bought by a partnership led by former Checkers Drive-In Restaurants president Keith Sirois.

    The Hofbrauhaus, St. Petersburg, located in the former historic Tramor Cafeteria, St. Petersburg, is under new ownership.

  2. Boho Hunter will target fashions in Hyde Park


    Boho Hunter, a boutique based in Miami's Wynwood District, will expand into Tampa with its very first franchise.

    Palma Canaria bags will be among the featured items at Boho Hunter when it opens in October. Photo courtesy of Boho Hunter.
  3. Gallery now bringing useful art to Hyde Park customers


    HYDE PARK — In 1998, Mike and Sue Shapiro opened a gallery in St. Petersburg along Central Ave., with a majority of the space dedicated to Sue's clay studio.

     As Sue Shapiro continued to work on her pottery in St. Petersburg, her retail space grew and her studio shrunk. Now Shapiro's is bringing wares like these to Hyde Park Village. Photo courtesy of Shapiro's.
  4. Appointments at Raymond James Bank and Saint Leo University highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers



    Raymond James Bank has hired Grace Jackson to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jackson will oversee all of Raymond James Bank's operational business elements, risk management and strategic planning functions. Kackson joins Raymond James Bank after senior …

    Raymond James Bank has hired Grace Jackson to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. [Company handout]
  5. Cooking passion spurs owner to pull open AJ's Kitchen Drawer


    TAMPA — After graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2016, AJ Albrecht spent four months traveling around Southeast Asia and Australia.

    AJs Kitchen Drawer offers a wide variety of unique kitchenware items, such as handcrafted knives and wooden items, as well as local gourmet products. Photo by Danielle Hauser