Channel 5 reporter Jorge Quiroga, a towering figure in local television news, is retiring at the end of the year after more than four decades in the business.
He confirmed the news in a tweet on Tuesday.
“As I announce my retirement at end of 2018; nearly 45 yrs in 1 TV market at 1 station, it’s an honor to receive Silver Circle recognition from colleagues in broadcast industry,” Quiroga wrote.
His tweet came hours before the Boston chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was set to induct the legendary newsman into its Silver Circle during a Gold & Silver Gala.
Quiroga’s station, WCVB-TV, praised him in a separate tweet.
“We are so proud to have worked alongside this talented journalist and to call him our friend!,” the station said. “Jorge, you certainly deserve this honor!”
Quiroga has long been regarded as one of the most versatile street reporters in the game, covering everything from winter storms, to stormy politics, to breaking police and fire stories with his signature blend of tenacity and enthusiasm.
The genial reporter is instantly recognizable to fans, with passing motorists sometimes shouting his name at crime scenes.
Colleagues reacted to the news with an outpouring of well wishes.
“What?? Night shift won’t be the same,” said NBC10 reporter Michael Rosenfield on Twitter. “I grew up watching you on tv and it’s been a thrill seeing you in action in the field. Congrats Jorge!!
Kristina Rex, a reporter at WBZ, tweeted out congratulations and said “Thank you for all you taught me in my times as an intern.”
And Amaka Ubaka, an anchor at Channel 7, also weighed in.
“Congrats on your retirement Jorge!,” Ubaka tweeted. “Always a pleasure when I would run into you out in the field.”
Quiroga even got a shout-out from the State Police.
“A true pro who has always worked hard to get the story, and to get the facts right,” the agency tweeted. “Congratulations on a great career, Jorge. We wish you all the best in retirement.