After more than 37 years on local TV, political reporter Tom Beres is retiring, WKYC announced Wednesday.
“It’s been a privilege to have had such a long career at Channel 3, telling the stories of people, political players, issues and events here in my home town," Beres said in a statement. "After reporting on this phenomenal year for the city of Cleveland as well as this incredible election, it seemed a logical time for my walk-off. I’m grateful to all the viewers who’ve watched our broadcasts and online coverage, and hope they found it worthwhile.”
Beres, a regular presence at City Hall, has brought his insight and intuition to bear on Cleveland's power players for decades, hosting the Sunday morning political show "Between the Lines" for the past 11 years.
“Tom is a rare and special journalist,” said WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan. “It took me a while to understand how much respect he has earned from his peers in the news business and the political leadership in Ohio. We will never be able to replace him. The best we can do is to report the news in a way that might live up to his example.”
During his career, via WKYC, Tom garnered a bouquet of Journalism distinctions: 4 Emmy Awards, the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Best Broadcast Writing Award from the Associated Press. He was also an active member of the Cleveland Press Club and an inductee in its Hall of Fame.