WISH-TV anchor Knox to retire after 33 years

 IBJ Staff
October 10, 2013
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Debby Knox, who has anchored the news at WISH-TV Channel 8 for the past 33 years, plans to retire this fall, the station announced Thursday.

Her last scheduled newscast is Nov. 26.

Knox, who is WISH's lead anchor during the 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, is the "longest-running female news anchor in central Indiana," the station said. She started at WISH as the noon news anchor in fall 1980 after working at TV stations in Elkhart and South Bend.

WISH did not name a replacement for Knox.

“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,” Knox said in a prepared statement.

Knox has won several awards over her career, including an Emmy, and other honors from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Associated Press. She was named favorite female anchor by the readers of Indianapolis Woman magazine six times.

“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, in a prepared statement. "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.”

A native of Edwardsberg, Mich., Knox graduated from the University of Michigan. She is married to retired psychologist Richard Tirman and the mother of two.


  • Enjoy your retirement
    It won't be the same watching Wish-TV 8 once you retire. It seems like yesterday that my mother & I were watching you and Mike Ahern anchoring the news. Enjoy retirement. You deserve it!!
  • I going to miss u! Ur very real and can i ask how old is Randy and David are?
    Love u and going to miss u very much!!!
  • A Class Act
    Debby Knox is a class act. After she retires, I hope she stays in central Indiana and continues to share her talents with the community.
  • Good Luck
    Good luck in the future Debbie. You are one of a kind. I have watched you since you have been in Indy.

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