Signing off

Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee announces retirement

Everyone’s favorite childhood news anchor, Nickelodeon’s Linda Ellerbee, announced her retirement today at the age of 71. Ellerbee spent 25 years at Nick News as the anchor woman of one of the first children’s news shows, where she explained the Iraq War, same-sex marriage, AIDS, and the Oklahoma City bombing to the nation’s youth. It was a second career for the award-winning newswoman, who previously worked as an anchor for NBC News.  In 1986, Ellerbee published And So It Goes, a humorous book about her career in news that cost her the NBC job. After her departure from the Peacock Network, she launched her own production company and was swiftly hired by Nickelodeon. The television show “Murphy Brown,” starring Candice Bergen, was based on Ellerbee and her career in TV news. Ellerbee said she plans to write and travel in retirement. Her final day will be December 15.

“It’s really nice to be one of the few who walks away from television news on their own time and of their own choice and I’m really lucky in that,” she told The Associated Press. “That really didn’t happen for so many of my contemporaries, didn’t happen because of age or cutbacks in news … I go smiling.”

Read the full story at ABC News.

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