Rose Ryan-Douglas, a KDKA Radio afternoon news anchor with 45 years of experience, announced her retirement earlier this week. Her last day on the air will be Feb. 26, according to KDKA Radio.
“Rose is the ultimate news professional,” Michael Spacciapolli, senior vice president and market manager for Entercom Pittsburgh (which owns KDKA), said in an emailed statement. “We have been so fortunate to have her in our newsroom for so many years delivering the news that matters to the city. I know she will be greatly missed by our listeners.”
Ms. Ryan-Douglas is a New Kensington native and a graduate of Valley High School in New Kensington and Clarion State College (now Clarion University). She began her radio career in the 1970s as a disc jockey and newscaster at WKPA/WYDD in New Kensington before moving over to WFFM in Braddock.
After a year at WFFM, she spent another year at 96KX before landing a job at 3WS, where she stayed for almost 20 years, mostly as a morning news anchor. Ms. Ryan-Douglas began working at KDKA Radio in 2002 before becoming an afternoon news anchor in 2003, a position she held for the next 17 years.
“Ultimately, we are grateful for all of her work over the years to help make KDKA the news source [in] Pittsburgh,” Mr. Spacciapolli said.In 1982, Ms. Ryan-Douglas married sportscaster Tab Douglas. The couple have two children together, a son and daughter. Ms. Ryan-Douglas is an avid gardener and also enjoys sewing, hobbies she will have a lot more time to pursue come Feb. 26.