Winston-Salem native Clyde Gray has announced his retirement from a 37-year-long broadcasting career.
He announced the news on-air on Cincinnati’s WCPO 9, where he has worked for the past 24 years.
“When I started in broadcasting 37 years ago, I set certain goals for myself which, through my relationship with WCPO, have all come to fruition,” said the WCPO anchor. “Over the last several years, I have felt a strong tug to reinvent myself, to refresh myself and to take my life in a new direction, which includes more time with my wife and three children. I am thankful to WCPO and Scripps for the opportunity they extended 24 years ago to work for a company determined to practice the kind of quality journalism that has made an already great community even better. Because of WCPO and Scripps, I have had a very good life and I am ever grateful.”
Jeff Brogan, WCPO 9 On Your Side vice president and general manager, said he’s proud to have worked with Gray for the past two decades. “I know I share in the thoughts of thousands across the Tri-State in wishing Clyde the best of luck in life’s next chapter,” said Brogan. “Clyde is one of the top anchors in the market because he has always been the consummate professional to the audience, the community and his colleagues.”
After attending Wake Forest University, Gray started his broadcasting career in Winston-Salem at WXII. In all, he’s worked at four television stations in three cities. Most of his career has been spent at WCPO 9.
He moved to Cincinnati in 1979 and joined 9 On Your Side as anchor and reporter with the station’s award-winning investigative team in September of 1990.
Gray investigated abuses of sick time in Hamilton County, violations of federal domestic content law and the need for title branding to protect consumers from cars that had been rebuilt after serious accidents. As a result of this investigation, he testified before the Ohio and United States senates, leading to changes in state law.
His aggressive reporting on the I-Team helped the station win the prestigious DuPont Award and multiple regional Emmy awards. The I-Team continues to win multiple awards including a recent Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market television investigation in the country.
He began anchoring 9 On Your Side newscasts in January 1991. As a reporter and anchor, he has covered every major story for more than two decades.
He was part of the team that won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market television newscast in the country. Gray will continue anchoring 9 On Your Side newscasts with co-anchors Tanya O’Rourke at 5 p.m. and Carol Williams at 6 and 11 p.m. through the month of August.
Gray said he is looking forward to the next phase of his life including spending time with his two daughters, son and wife, Kalena.
Gray looks forward to exploring opportunidties in media relations, executive coaching and crisis management.
“I am excited about opportunities to continue to serve the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area by lending my experience to its many fine business and governmental institutions. I am putting the finishing touches on my future plans,” he said.