A news icon departs

This is Charles Gibson’s last day at ABC News. His exit as a nightly news anchor has been relatively unnoticed in comparison to the retirements of some of his contemporaries like Tom Brokaw. That’s probably a good commentary on the declining influence of the the “Big Three” nightly newscast.

Still, his exit is worth noting. Gibson was one of the few national TV anchors who came out of his tent or trailer to talk to the locals regularly during his coverage of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. “Decent” is a good word to describe him in an ego-driven business.

His recollections of his career this week are also a reminder that it’s a heck of a world out there…

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