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WABC/7's Art McFarland to retire by month's end

And now this from the local TV news scene: Art McFarland, the longest tenured reporter at WABC/7's "Eyewitness News," is leaving the station May 30. It's all good, he says: Retirement and other opportunities beckon.

McFarland, 65, is certainly one of the best-known reporters on New York TV -- a long and steady presence at Channel 7, where the words "long and steady" have not always applied (though "Eyewitness" is the probably the most stable of the majors . . .). He's a solid pro and reports -- as Channel 7 viewers know -- on one of the most important city beats, schools and education. (His mom was a teacher.) He joined Channel 7 in August 1983.

 I just got off the phone with this Atlanta native, and he had a few things to say:

"I would say education has to have been the most rewarding for me because I have so much respect for the students and parents and certainly the educators in the tri-state area that I've gotten to work with over the years . . ."

He add, "I was proud to be hired as an 'Eyewitness' reporter and leave just as proud."

But "it's definitely time to go and absolutely with a lot of support and on my own terms."

McFarland has been on the New York airwaves (first on radio) since 1978.

Tags: Art McFarland , WABC/7 , Eyewitness News

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