Reporter Kathy Walsh has been a staple of CBS Denver for nearly four decades. The TV station’s weekend anchor and health specialist will call it a career at the end of May.

Walsh grew up in New Jersey, graduated from the University of Delaware and launched her career in Bangor, Maine. She bounced to Nashville and Detroit before calling Denver home, according to the station. Her most poignant moment may have come during a live report following the Columbine massacre, where she broke down while on air, overwhelmed by sadness.

“Kathy is a newsroom leader, trusted anchor, brilliant storyteller, mentor, and friend,” CBS 4 News Director Tim Wieland tweeted. “We will miss her so much, but wish her all the best in a well-earned retirement!”

Kathy and her husband, Bob Flynn, raised their three kids in Colorado.

“When I moved to Denver, it had the reputation of being a sleepy ‘Cowtown.’ It seems like overnight, it became a major urban market. For years, construction cranes were the new state bird,” Walsh told CBS Denver. “By 2019, Denver had the best large airport and was being touted as a terrific place to live. I bought my first house for $95,000. The estimate now on Zillow is $693,153. I know that’s happening across the country, but it’s still shocking to me.”

Her last broadcast will be Sunday, May 30.

“One of the greats,” longtime Denver newsman Jim Benemann tweeted in response to Walsh’s retirement.

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