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In November, Kennedy announced he was leaving the station. KWWL said Kennedy was eastern Iowa’s longest-serving meteorologist.
On Tuesday’s 10:00 p.m. show Kennedy said, “In a couple of minutes I’m walking out the door and I ain’t coming back.”
“Jeff Kennedy on behalf of your thousands of loyal viewers and everyone here at KWWL,” anchor Ron Steele said in a taped piece after showing a short highlight reel of Kennedy’s work through the years. “We say thank you for your loyalty and your professionalism and we wish you Jolene, Cameron and Charles all the very best.”
“It’s been an amazing career, and I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of incredible people,” said Kennedy. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such an incredible team, but I’m looking forward to what is coming next, and happy to have my family by my side for it.”
Kennedy started his career at KWWL in 1981 making him the longest serving meteorologist in eastern Iowa.
“He’s been a part of numerous community events throughout the region,” KWWL vice president and general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “On top of that, his classroom visits make a connection with younger viewers, while educating them about something that affects each and every one of us – the weather.”
His last day will be December 31.
“I’ve had the opportunity to share stories of triumph and tragedy while here in the Heartland,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s bittersweet that I’ll be leaving KTVO in October … You’ve invited me into you homes every weekend giving you the latest on what’s going on in your neighborhood. I’ll miss sharing YOUR stories!”
Before joining KTVO in November 2012, Andrews worked as an associate producer and fill-in assignment editor at KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City.
KWWL has announced a two-phased, multimillion dollar “renovation and modernization” plan for its building in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.
According to a statement from the station, KWWL parent company Quincy Newspapers reviewed the facilities over the past year to determine whether to renovate or relocate the NBC affiliate to another site. The building was built in 1914 and is considered a historic landmark of Waterloo.
“KWWL covers a 21-county area encompassing several major metro areas along with many rural and agricultural communities,” VP-GM Jim McKernan said in a statement. “The fact that our home base is Waterloo, when the region’s other television stations are located somewhere else is an asset for our hometown.” [h/t TVNewsCheck]