INDIANAPOLIS - WISH-TV announced today that 24-Hour News 8 veteran anchor Debby Knox will retire, after being a staple in Hoosier homes for more than 33 years.
Debby is the longest running female news anchor in Central Indiana. She is second in tenure, of all time, only to her former co-anchor Mike Ahern, who retired from WISH-TV in 2004. Debby will anchor her last regular newscast on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the community as well as an incredible journey to cover the important events and people over my career at WISH-TV,” said Debby Knox.
“Central Indiana viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Debby have all benefited from her talents and her dedication to quality journalism,” said Jeff White, WISH-TV president and general manager. “It is with mixed emotions that we say so long. While we’re sad to see her retire, we’re happy for the next chapter in her life and the additional time she’ll have to spend with her family.”
Debby retires from 24-Hour News 8, as lead anchor of the 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. She started as the noon news anchor in the fall of 1980, coming to WISH-TV after working at television stations in Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana.
“I am honored to have worked with Debby and to call her my friend,” said Steve Bray, 24-Hour News 8 news director. “Her same care and compassion as an individual, has been there all these years on the air through the good times and tough times, providing viewers with her own unique perspective. We are saying good bye for now, but not forever. We look forward to future opportunities to work with Debby for many years to come.”
Debby's reports, as well as her awards and accolades, have been many and varied during her years with WISH-TV. While her main reporting focus has been in the area of health and medical technology, she is also known for her one-on-one interviews with prominent newsmakers and world leaders, such as President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, First Lady Barbara Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Butler University Men’s Basketball Coach and current coach of the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens.
An Emmy award winning anchor, Debby has been widely recognized for her outstanding news coverage both by her peers and the public. In addition to a long list of awards from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Associated Press, including the 2013 AP award for Best Feature, Debby has been honored with several Indiana State Medical Journalism awards and a CASPAR.
She received the National American Heart Association Award for a documentary called "Roger Nine" and was awarded the Theodore Barrett Award from the Indiana Psychological Association.
Debby has been named favorite female anchor by the readers of Indianapolis Woman six times. Over the years, Debby has committed herself to the community and has been involved in hundreds of local events and charities. She is now a sought-after public speaker throughout Central Indiana.
Debby was raised in the small community of Edwardsberg, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
An exercise enthusiast and skier, Debby is also an avid reader; however, most of her time away from work is spent with her family.
As a mother of two and wife of retired psychologist Richard Tirman, Debby has a full and active life whether on camera or off.
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