Longtime WDIV anchor and reporter Steve Garagiola has announced his retirement after 27 years with the station. Garagiola made the news public in a Facebook post on Wednesday (12/1) and here’s what he had to say:
Those of you who know me well, know that I am not one for long emotional goodbyes. So, I have waited until now to post this. My hope is to avoid the question, “Hey, whatever happened to Steve?” I am retiring. My final day on the air at Local-4 is this coming Sunday (12/5).
For the past 27 years, Local-4 has been my TV family where I have had the pleasure of working with many of the most talented, honest, and dedicated people in this industry. I will miss that, and miss regular contact with all of those good people. I’ll have to surrender my key card for the back door… but hope I will always be welcome to visit.
A St. Louis native, Garagiola grew up in New York and has lived in the Detroit region most of his life. He started out at Lansing’s WILX-TV in 1977 and joined WDIV in 1995 as a sports reporter. His career took a major turn soon after, while in Atlanta covering the 1996 Summer Olympics he found himself reporting hard news when a bomb exploded in the city’s Centennial Park. Upon his return home, he officially switched to news reporting.
He’s also an author and cook. He published “The I Only Need One Cookbook — Cookbook” in 2015.