Jean Enersen is calling it quits after 46 years at KING 5, and 42 years as an anchor.
Her last anchor appearance will be Friday.
Enersen, who will turn 70 on Monday, is the first and longest-standing local female anchor in the country, says the station.
The station says shell still be a presence at KING 5, including doing her HealthLink coverage, specials on Northwest Newsmakers, political coverage and major news events.
In a news release, Enersen said, This decision wont come as a surprise to those who know me well. Ive been passionate about health for a long time. Not just mine, but the health of my family and our community.
She concludes, The time is right, the team is strong, and the ratings are No. 1. I thank KING for this new partnership and the community for supporting me and KING 5.
With Enersen leaving the anchor chair, there now is a new generation of local TV personalities.
Dan Lewis, 64, left in May after 27 years anchoring at KOMO.
Says KING 5 executive news director Mark Ginther, Jean is a force of nature in the newsroom. She is a great leader, and her natural curiosity pushes us. Jean has seen every major news event thats shaped this community. Her expertise and knowledge have been great for viewers and were happy her presence will continue to be felt at KING 5.
The station listed the many firsts for Enersen, besides being the first female TV anchor:
She was a reporter in China, back in 1979, as this country and China re-established diplomatic relations.
She was the first local American TV host to anchor a TV news program in the Soviet Union.
She was the first local reporter to travel with the Gates Foundation to Africa, after which the station produced a documentary.
Enersen is a graduate of Stanford University and has a masters degree in political science and another in documentary films. She has won numerous Emmy Awards.