WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) During Wednesday’s 5:00 p.m. newscast KWCH 12 Eyewitness News Anchor Cindy Klose announced she will be retiring at the end of May. Rather than calling it a retirement, she referred to her decision as choosing “to stop working and start playing more.”
“Cindy’s had a great career and helped make Eyewitness News what it is today,” said KWCH 12 News Director Brian Gregory. “She has meant so much to our viewers and to the Eyewitness News team that it’s tough to imagine the newsroom without her. You hate to see someone who has affected lives of so many leave but no one deserves some time to play more than Cindy.”
Cindy will sign off for the final time at the end of a special edition of KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 6:30 p.m. on May 25. Throughout May Eyewitness News will celebrate Cindy’s career and contributions to broadcast journalism with pieces every Tuesday and concluding with the special on May 25. Viewers can join the celebration by sharing their memories and experiences with Cindy at kwch.com and on the KWCH 12 Eyewitness News Facebook page.
Cindy joined the KWCH 12 Eyewitness News team in 1991 as an anchor on KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 5:00 p.m. and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 10:00 p.m. Since Cindy’s arrival KWCH 12 has seen continual success with dominant ratings at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
"People always have asked why I came to KWCH from CNN and why I stayed here,” said Cindy. “I wanted to report the local news that affected my life, as well as the viewer's. Changing technology over these 25 years kept news gathering interesting and challenging."
During her 25 years at KWCH 12, Cindy has covered a number of major local events, including travelling to Washington D.C. with the Burnham family, interviewing Oprah Winfrey, and sharing the desk with Roger Cornish during many weather and breaking news events. Cindy was also integral in the expansion of local news on KSCW, anchoring the Eyewitness News at 4:00 p.m. on KSCW until 2015.
Before joining to KWCH 12, Cindy worked at CNN Headline News and WCI, in Champaign, Il.
Cindy plans to spend her retirement travelling with her husband Bob, visiting her children Michael and Jordan, playing lots of tennis, and exploring any new interests.