Longtime Wichita TV broadcaster Larry Hatteberg announced Monday that he will retire this year.
His last show on KAKE-TV will be at 10 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a news release from the Kansas Press Association.
“KAKE TV is the only job I’ve had in my adult life. But five decades is long enough even at the job I love,” Hatteberg said in the release. “At this point in my career, I’m looking for a bit more freedom to pursue the video and still photography projects that I want, without the deadlines that TV news brings.”
A native of Kansas, Hatteberg began his television career with KAKE-TV on May 23, 1963 – 51 years ago.
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Hatteberg, 70, has received more than 130 local, state and national awards for news photography and reporting. His “Hatteberg’s People” video series has profiled over a thousand Kansans since its inception in 1974. He’s held nearly every position in the KAKE newsroom and currently co-anchors KAKE’s evening newscasts with Susan Peters.
Hatteberg grew up in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School. He attended Kansas State Teachers College and Wichita State University. Larry’s wife, Judy, is a writer and teacher. They have two daughters and several grandchildren.