WISH-TV News Anchor David Barras To Retire After 37 Years
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- You may have watched David Barras on WISH-TV in Indy for years as you were getting ready for work or school in the morning, or you may have seen him anchor the evening news for the past several years. Now, the long-time local news anchor has announced his retirement from news after working for the station for the past 37 years.
In a Facebook post Wednesday evening, Barras announced that his final anchor shift will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
"In November I will turn 65. For the past couple of years my wife and I, who will celebrate our 42nd anniversary next week, have been talking about starting the next chapter of our lives. She retired from the Department of Defense 2 weeks ago. And together we have made the decision that I will retire too," wrote Barras on his Facebook page.
Barras was the anchor for WISH-TV's Daybreak morning news show for more than 20 years. The on-air team of Barras, meteorologist Randy Ollis, and field reporter Dick Wolfsie, became a fixture in many homes across central Indiana for those just waking up to start their day.
Barras graduated from Ball State University and had served an internship at the station's news department when he was still a student.
Retired WISH-TV News Director Lee Giles hired Barras as a full-time news reporter in 1980.
“Dave was one of those perfect, if not ideal employees. He always has a cheerful attitude. He was willing to do anything at a moment’s notice. [He is] the kind of guy you’d like to have as a friend and colleague combined. It was a wonderful hire, and I wish Dave and his wife Kathy a happy retirement,” said Giles.
Barras ended his Facebook post by thanking those who have trusted him and welcomed him into their homes for the past four decades.
“We still have 3 and a half months together. And I know along the way, we will share some moments and memories of my time at channel 8. In fact, by December 1st, you’ll probably be glad to see me finally go. But when I do, I will do so with a profound sense of gratitude for all you have given me and my family,” wrote Barras. “Thanks for letting me into your homes for 37 years.”
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF WISH-TV'S DAYBREAK FROM NOV. 22, 1994 AS THEN-INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR STEPHEN GOLDSMITH JOINED DAVID BARRAS AND RANDY OLLIS TO PROCLAIM "DAVID BARRAS DAY" IN HONOR OF BARRAS' BIRTHDAY:
Photo: C.J. Miller / WIBC