In an announcement on Facebook yesterday, veteran WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson announced that he had retired from the Tampa station.
He said on Facebook (edited): “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay, but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today. This will give me the time to put more effort into many of other projects I have been trying to juggle while working full time.
At 68 years old, it’s something I have been thinking about for a while especially because of the changing landscape of TV news, and I know this is the right time.
Also, I …didn’t want the long goodbye tour; I would rather rip off the bandage and go forward with my decision immediately. My nature is to come to a conclusion and act on it quickly without looking back.
Timing in a decision like this is always critical. As some of my friends know, I’m finishing up a book about my almost 50 years in the business that is extremely frank and I’ve always thought it would be better to try to get it published after I left the station .
I want to thank all the people who have been so kind to me over the years…the viewers, my colleagues, the friends I have made. I have loved every minute I’ve spent with all of you.
To everything there is a season- for now, this is my season to leave Channel 10.