Gary Shapiro to retire from 9NEWS after 40 years on air

Gary Shapiro, a longtime familiar face and voice to 9NEWS television viewers, will retire in December of 2022 after four decades on air, the Denver station announced Wednesday.

Since 1989, Shapiro has anchored 9NEWS Mornings, after first joining the station as a Boulder Bureau Reporter in 1983.

“It’s just time. Even though it was never easy getting up in the middle of the night, I’ve loved being on the morning show with such a great crew, and with so many wonderful viewers,” Shapiro said in a 9NEWS story. “But now it’s time to sleep in, spend time with my wife, do some traveling that we haven’t seemed to get to, ski during the week, and not worry about deadlines every day.”

Aside from anchoring and reporting duties during his career, Shapiro has produced a number of TV specials and documentaries. He has produced in-depth reports on Colorado’s Japanese internment camp Amache, Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as the Normandy, Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Shapiro traveled to Italy and Poland for a documentary on Pope John Paul II before the Pontiff’s visit to Denver in 1993. He has won numerous awards including Emmys and awards from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association. He also won the coveted Edward R. Murrow award for documentary reporting.

“I can’t even express how great it’s been to work at 9NEWS,” Shapiro said. “Their professionalism, commitment to news and community, diversity, and ethical makeup continues to make it one of the truly elite stations in the country.”

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