LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Paul Magers announced his retirement Wednesday after 38 years in television news, including the past 13 years as an evening news anchor with CBS2 in Los Angeles.
In an interview Wednesday with CBS2's Pat Harvey, Magers announced he had been in treatment for alcohol addiction and was looking forward to sobriety, retirement and spending more time with family.
Magers said: "By retiring now while I'm relatively young and healthy, I look forward to doing all the things with family and friends that are hard to schedule when you have a full-time job that includes odd hours. I definitely won't miss putting on a suit, tie and make-up, except on Halloween. And I am excited to now have the time to pursue my longtime passion, amateur puppeteering."
"All kidding aside, I want to say how thankful I am to have been blessed many times over by working for and with such incredibly talented, gracious and generous people. I am especially grateful to CBS for these past 13 years. My wife Kathy, our daughters Emily and Anna and I will continue to enjoy living in Southern California. We look forward to staying in touch with the amazing friends we have made during our time in this very special place."
Steve Mauldin, President & General Manager, CBS 2 and sister station KCAL 9, said: "Paul Magers is a special individual, not only as a news anchor, but also as a friend and colleague to everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him. He's been a bright light in our newsroom as a rock-solid journalist and, when appropriate, someone who could deliver a well-timed joke. While we wish he were staying with us, we respect the decision he has made and look forward to giving him the warm sendoff he deserves."
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