Rob Jennings will retire after 36 years behind the news desk. Photo courtesy of 6 ABC News. Rob Jennings will retire after 36 years behind the news desk. Credit: 6 ABC News

Venerable 6 ABCnews Anchor Rob Jennings will retire at the end of July after 36 years behind the desk, the station announced Tuesday.

"He's been an extraordinary example of consistency, a great communicator and a wonderful colleague all these years," said co-anchor Jim Gardner in a statement. "We will miss him."

In a statement Jennings,who joined the channel in July 1977, said he was grateful to have lived his dream and will now live another.

 

"My wife and I have been planning to retire for some time now," he said, "and now is the time to start our new adventure together."

Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003.

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