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First Coast News' own Kerry Sanders retiring from NBC after 32 years

Kerry Sanders got his start in local news at First Coast News as an intern

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Longtime NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders is retiring after a 32-year career, he announced on the network's "TODAY" show on Tuesday.

Sanders, a University of South Florida alumnus, got his start in local news at First Coast News as an intern. 

His Facebook page describes his role at WTLV as "Former Inexperienced Everything" which included script jockey, xerox repair guy and weekend interviewer.

He joined NBC as a correspondent in the 90s and — according to TODAY — reported from all 50 states, 65 countries and every continent. (The show poked fun at his state connections, announcing on Twitter that "Florida Man Retires.")

Sanders' reports ranged from light scuba-diving pieces to coverage of elections and closely-watched legal cases like the Casey Anthony trial.

"The amazing thing about this job is that I got a chance to go everywhere," he said. 

The job also kept him away from home for most of each year. Sanders said he and his wife, Deborah, spent much more time together during the height of the pandemic — leading to a big decision. 

"We realized that we do really good together all the time, so maybe that's what we should do now," he said. 

TODAY weatherman Al Roker said he was "kind of choked up" about Sanders' retirement.

"Kerry is such a special guy," Roker said on sister station WKYC's morning show. "I’ve covered storms with him. I just love the guy.”

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