7NEWS Anchor Mike Landess announces his retirement from the anchor desk

DENVER - After 50 years in broadcasting, and spending more than half his career in Denver, award-winning journalist Mike Landess is announcing his retirement from the 7NEWS anchor desk.

"We've been talking about it for a couple of years and hitting that 50-year mark seemed like an appropriate time to do it," says 7NEWS anchor Mike Landess.

Mike began his broadcast career while he was a high school senior in Tyler, Texas.  Four years later he was reporting and anchoring at WFAA in Dallas.  His first Primary Evening Anchor job was for NBC News at its owned-and-operated WKYC in Cleveland.  In 1977, Mike arrived in Denver and anchored along-side Ed Sardella at KUSA for the next 16 years.  Mike went on to anchor at WXIA in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics and then to WTTG in Washington D.C. where he covered the 9/11 attacks. 

He returned home to Denver and 7NEWS in 2002 where he’s served his community as primary anchor of evening newscasts since.

"7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom. We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility," says 7NEWS News Director Jeff Harris.

Mike Landess has been honored with more than two dozen Emmys - including five for Best Anchor.  He has earned five Edward R. Murrow Awards and contributed to the winning of a Peabody Award in 2013 for Wildfire Coverage.  Mike was inducted into the Heartland Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 2008. This year marked his 40th year as a Primary News Anchor and his 50th year in broadcasting.  

Mike's contributions to our state will be remembered for many years, especially his recent anchoring of the Colorado Floods, the Wildfires and the Aurora Theater Shooting.  Mike's steady presence and profound understanding of Colorado was unmistakable during his coverage of these historic events.

"The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country," says 7NEWS Vice President & General Manager Byron Grandy.

Above all, Mike's work to inform and educate his audience about prostate cancer illustrates his commitment to improving his community through the power of broadcasting.  He courageously shared his story of battling cancer from diagnosis though treatment and into recovery with viewers. This public campaign saved the lives of Coloradans and Mike led the way.

"I felt so helpless, so I told my story as a way of coping," Landess says. "The University of Colorado Hospital saved my life. We put those stories on DVD and hundreds of copies have been sent free of charge to cancer patients around the world."

Join 7NEWS this August as we celebrate Mike's 50 years of broadcasting with stories and memories of his incredible contributions to his craft and our state.

About E.W. Scripps

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