Gloria Campos, the longtime WFAA-TV news anchor, has retired. Her last newscast was at 10 p.m. March 7.
Campos, WFAA’s first Hispanic anchor, started at the station in 1984. For many years, she anchored both the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She anchored her last 6 p.m. newscast in 2012. (Scroll down to watch videos of Campos through the years on Channel 8.)
WFAA announced that morning anchor Cynthia Izaguirre will replace Campos on the 10 p.m. news.
Ed Bark, the longtime Dallas-Fort Worth TV news observer, outlines Campos' career on his website, Unclebarky.com:
Campos, 58, joined the station in 1984 from KGBT-TV in Harlingen, TX. In January of 1990, she began co-anchoring WFAA8’s weekday 5 p.m. newscasts with the late Chip Moody. Later in that same year, Campos became the first Hispanic of any gender to co-anchor 6 p.m. weekday newscasts in D-FW.
In spring of 1999, she joined a tri-anchor 10 p.m. team before WFAA8 settled on a Campos-John McCaa duo in August of 2002. They’ve been together ever since, and in the November 2013 ratings “sweeps” presided over the only WFAA8 weekday newscast to win its time slot in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). …
“Life is full of transition, and I’m ready for that transition in my life,” Campos told unclebarky.com when she confirmed her move to part-time status at WFAA8. “To be honest with you, I’ve been preparing for this for quite a while.” She first approached WFAA8 management about cutting back in 2008.
Gloria Campos, this is your life
Here's a look back at Campos' career.
Campos’ induction video -- National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame:
Campos’ speech as she’s inducted into the NAHJ’s Hall of Fame:
WFAA-TV promotional video:
WFAA 6 p.m. news opening 1990:
WFAA 6 p.m. news opening 1992:
Campos in 1992:
Campos reporting on DART light-rail in 1996:
Campos in 2002:
Campos in 2004:
Campos anchoring with Oprah Winfrey in 2009:
Campos reporting on WFAA’s 60th anniversary in 2009:
Campos anchoring the 6 p.m. news in 2012:
On Wednesday, the station aired a story about Campos' Wednesday's Child series, in which she reported on children who were looking to be adopted. She had reported on a boy named Ke'onte, who was featured twice on the series before he was adopted. After the story aired, Ke'onte appeared on the set for an emotional reunion -- he surprised Campos, who was in tears.
Here’s a WFAA-TV slideshow featuring Campos through the years.