KSN’s Leon Smitherman announces retirement

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW)-- Leon Smitherman revealed on Thursday that he has actually chosen to retire after three years in the broadcast market.

"After a good deal of soul-searching and long discussions with my household and future other half, I have actually pertained to the conclusion that it is time for me to begin the next chapter of my life. But prior to I begin that brand-new chapter I have to wrap up this one. I have decided it's time for me to retire," stated Smitherman.Leon made the announcement on Kansas Today along with anchor Katie Taube."I love this task, this station and individuals I work with. The Kansas Today team resembles a family to me," stated Smitherman." This is not a simple choice, however it is the ideal decision, for me, my household and honestly for my own health. ""KSN and it's management have been very understanding and supportive through this whole process. They've always allowed me to put my family and my health initially and this is no exception,"said Smitherman.Leon joined the KSN household in 2003 as a meteorologist and press reporter, but he's been in the broadcast market for 30 years. He's functioned as a meteorologist in markets throughout the nation including Monroe, LA, Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA and Raleigh, NC. Throughout his career he's covered many major storms in Kansas and across the country, including Hurricanes Floyd and Dennis. "Leon has a recognized career of serving Kansas as an accomplished meteorologist and reporter, "said Steve South, Vice President & General Manager."We want him the very best as he now concentrates on his household and enjoys his well-deserved retirement. ""We've been honored to work with Leon over the previous 15 years, as he's spent almost half of his career with the KSN family,"said Rachel Schrag Sommerfeld, News Director."We'll certainly miss his sense of humor around the newsroom, however we celebrate with him as he'll have the ability to take pleasure in retirement with his household."Leon will continue with his responsibilities as morning meteorologist, as KSN searches for his replacement. His last day with the station has actually not been announced.KSN General Manager Steve South released the following press release Thursday early morning: Leon-- Thank You for your years of service to KSN and to Kansas!WICHITA, Kansas( January 4, 2018)-- KSNW-TV, the NBC affiliateowned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. serving the Wichita, KS market (DMA # 67 ), is revealing a reorganization in

the newsroom, consisting of the retirement of long-time member of the KSN family

and an expansion of its statewide political reporting.Meteorologist Leon Smitherman recently informed the stationto retire Walmart, book supplier suspend ties with Tavis Smiley Harassment case puts United States Senate candidate under spotlight