NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – WGNO, Tribune Broadcasting’s ABC Television Network affiliate for the greater New Orleans area, today announced the retirement of “Good Morning New Orleans” Anchor Jon Huffman. Huffman, who has co-anchored WGNO’s “Good Morning New Orleans” since 2008, will sign off on August 1st.
“Jon is the journalist’s journalist. He is thorough, fair, balanced, and curious. I will miss Jon’s knowledge of New Orleans and the region. He’s a wealth of information. He always brought his viewers the most accurate information or interesting insight on a daily basis,” said Rick Erbach, News Director, WGNO. “Jon was a fabulous mentor for new employees on Good Morning New Orleans. His easy going nature helped them make the transition to waking up in the early morning hours a little easier. He’ll be missed. Sleep in Jon. You’ve earned it.”
“I will deeply miss my co-workers at WGNO and the fun spirit of ‘Good Morning New Orleans.’ But I certainly won’t miss the alarm clock going off at 2:30 in the morning! It’s time to move on to a more relaxed—and relaxing—phase of my life,” said Huffman.
Huffman’s distinguished media career began in 1976 as a radio host in his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. In 1978 he switched to television news as an on-air reporter, working at stations ranging from North Carolina to West Virginia. From 1980 through 1990, Huffman hosted and co-produced the nationally-franchised program “PM Magazine,” winning four regional Emmy Awards for feature segments produced for the program. In 1990 Huffman relocated to New Orleans where he served as reporter/anchor for WVUE-TV transitioning to WGNO in 2008 where he has anchored for the last 6 years.