George Sells, who joined WAFB-TV in 1988 as an evening news anchor, will retire Thursday, May 31, 2012, the station announced Monday.
Known for his professionalism, experience, and dedication, Sells made significant contributions as WAFB ascended in the Nielsen ratings to become the market's dominant ratings leader in evening news.
"I've had so much fun here for the last 24 years that I think I would pay them to let me do this," said Sells. "Arriving at WAFB in 1988 was like falling into the perfect storm," Sells said. "I arrived to find great news management and established and respected journalists like Paul Gates and Donna Britt. Our audiences grew and I am so thankful to the folks in this community who have continued to welcome us into their homes every evening," Sells added.
Over the course of his career with WAFB, Sells covered many historic events, both across the country and at home. In the days following the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, he interviewed former President Bill Clinton. He was also an integral member of WAFB's team coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.
Sells has received numerous honors over the course of his career including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing George for nearly 20 years now. I will truly miss his wealth of knowledge, perspective, and commitment to great journalism," said WAFB News Director Robb Hays.
In announcing the retirement of George Sells, WAFB also announced several promotions among its current staff that will take effect next month.
Andre' Moreau and Donna Britt will co-anchor both the 6pm and 10pm newscasts on WAFB.
Greg Meriwether will co-anchor WAFB's 5pm newscast with current anchor Cheryl Mercedes.
Lauren Westbrook will begin anchoring the station's weekday newscasts at noon. Westbrook will continue to co-anchor WAFB 9News This Morning with Matt Williams.