WISH-TV anchor Knox to retire after 33 years

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.

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