WTVT reporter Warren Elly is preparing to step away from the Tampa Bay Fox-affiliate after nearly 29 years with the station.

“I’ve always been a daily news reporter; all I’ve ever done is turn and burn,” Elly, 60, told the St. Petersburg Times recently. “I gotta get out of the grind. It’s time to slow down.”

Elly joined WTVT in 1982, after years with Youngstown’s WYTV, and quickly became known in the Tampa area for his hard-nosed reporting style, covering crime and politics (and occasionally both in the same story).

His final day with the station is set for July 5th. Read more