A couple of longtime legends on Cleveland TV will be calling it a career soon. Leon Bibb and Lee Jordan, who have more than 50 years combined on local airwaves, announced their retirements from WEWS Channel 5.
Jordan's last day will be July 28. Bibb will follow her out the door sometime during the first week of August.
“As a News Director, you mark your time by the big stories. This is a big story.” Jeff Harris said in a press release. “When two legends of local television announce their retirement on the same day, it’s remarkable. We thank both Leon and Lee for their wonderful careers dedicated to the station and the people of Cleveland. We’ve been blessed and wish them both our very best in this next journey.”
Here's how he addressed their individual contributions and legacies.
“Leon is the voice of Cleveland and part of the fabric of our community. It is an honor to have learned from him and an even greater privilege to serve as his news director. We all will miss his stories, his perspective and his writing. His life and career have been ground-breaking, and the News 5 team will cherish his legacy.”
“For three decades, Lee has told the stories of Cleveland at News 5. She has persevered and excelled in a world wracked with stereotypes. Lee has bucked them all and forged a career not just for herself, but for all women who’ve followed her and chosen journalism as their profession. While we will miss that warm, familiar presence on-air, we know her retirement is so richly deserved.”