QUAD CITIES (KWQC) — It’s a bittersweet day here at KWQC as our veteran anchor, Gary Metivier, announces he is leaving the anchor desk and the local news business.
It was a hard decision, but one Metivier has been contemplating for a while. Ultimately, he has decided to give more time to his passions of writing and working directly with local non-profits and community initiatives.
“I have been honored and humbled to be part of this incredible institution for the past two decades,” Metivier says. “I came here for three years and stayed for twenty. I was welcomed with open arms by this community from day one. This is home.”
Metivier acknowledges that not everyone will understand his decision, but his colleagues here at KWQC hope that viewers will join in supporting him.
“After careful consideration with my family, I have decided that now is the time to explore and pursue new opportunities outside of television news. The decision has been an extremely difficult one filled with a mix of emotions,” says Metivier.
“Gary will always be part of the KWQC family, and he has our support as he begins this new journey,” says KWQC’s Vice-President and General Manager, Susan Ramsett. “Gary has some great ideas and we look forward to collaborating with him in the future on some projects that are personally important to him.”
Since joining the TV6 News Team in 1998, Metivier has built a solid reputation as an anchor and reporter. His work has earned multiple Regional Emmy Awards and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Metivier has a strong personal commitment to children’s literacy issues and veterans’ organizations. His work with Honor Flight of the Quad Cities is among the projects he is most passionate about. Proceeds from the four children’s books he has written are used to support veterans’ issues.
Metivier looks forward to passing the baton to his successor (who will be announced shortly) just as former anchor, John Mooney, welcomed Gary Metivier to KWQC twenty years ago.
“Gary has championed stories and initiatives involving our local veterans, education, and those overcoming challenges in his “My Ability” series. These are topics KWQC remains deeply committed to and will continue to cover in the future,” says KWQC’s News Director, Stephanie Hedrick.
Beginning this Friday at 6pm, Metivier will share his “Top 6 moments at 6” through his final day on the anchor desk, Friday June 22nd.
To share your thoughts or favorite moments with Gary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or record a message by calling 563-383-7180.