Longtime Wichita television anchor Susan Peters is leaving KAKE late next month.
Peters, who has been with KAKE since 1995, said she wants to expand the visibility of “Susan’s Kids,” an ongoing series that features Kansas children eligible for adoption.
“For years, my passion has been the people of Kansas,” Peters said in a prepared statement. “I love this state. But for the past year I have felt a calling to help Kansas families by focusing on children in need of a forever home.”
“Susan’s Kids” began in 2000 and within a year more than one-third of the featured children had been matched, placed or adopted, according to Cory Lada, community relations manager for the Kansas Children’s Service League.
Peters, an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor, received the Silver Circle Emmy Award in 2015 from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes excellence in a broadcaster’s entire body of work.
She started her broadcasting career in 1978 at WHOI in Peoria, Ill., before coming to KWCH in Wichita in 1983. She served as an anchor and reporter at both stations.
She accepted an anchor position at KFMB in San Diego in 1991 before returning to Wichita in 1995 as an anchor at KAKE.
Her last day on air will be May 25. Peters lives in Wichita with her husband, Rob Snyder. They have two daughters.
Peters is the second longtime Wichita anchor to announce her departure in the past two days. Cindy Klose of KWCH, who has been at the Wichita CBS affiliate since 1991, announced on Wednesday that she is retiring at the end of May.