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Darcel Grimes, longtime WLOS-TV news anchor, announces retirement

Darcel Grimes talks about her career at WLOS. [WLOS video] Darcel Grimes talks about her career at WLOS. [WLOS video]

Darcel Grimes, a reporter and news anchor of WLOS television news for more than three decades, announced on Tuesday that she is retiring next May.


Grimes came to Channel 13 in 1981 as a night side reporter, co-anchor of the 11 o'clock news and host of a Saturday news magazine show called "Mainstreet," WLOS said. In 1983, she became co-anchor of the 6 o'clock news and has been a reliable presence in Western North Carolina homes ever since.
"I never thought I would be in Asheville this long," she said. "I intended to stay a couple of years and leave. But two years turned into 10, 10 into 20 and so on. It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend 38 years on the Anchor Desk here at WLOS. I’ve witnessed many changes. But through it all, one thing has remained consistent. As a station, as a newsroom, we are a team, we are a family, we look out for each other and we take care of each other."