Larry Elliott Retires After 39 Years at WJRT

Larry Elliott (center left), surrounded by coworkers as his says goodbye.

On October 19, after 39 years at WJRT-TV (Flint), News Anchor Larry Elliott signed off for the final time on Friday and entered a new chapter of life in retirement.

Larry started his career in Alpena at WATZ Radio and WBKB-TV before moving south to WJRT in 1979.

During that time, he worked as Saginaw bureau chief, general assignment reporter and automotive editor — getting to share stories about life in Mid-Michigan during very consequential times.

He ended his career as anchor of WJRT (ABC12) News This Morning and ABC12 News at Noon alongside co-anchor Christine Winter.

Larry was joined on the set by his beloved family members and some of his coworkers Friday as he ended his final show at noon.

In as message for viewers, Elliott said: “After 43 years, it’s time to close out the last newscast of my career and I couldn’t be prouder than to have spent the last nearly 39 of those years here at ABC12.

I was born in Flint 65 years ago and it’s amazing the path our life can take. The fact that I started my working life at age 13 delivering the news as a paper boy, bringing the Flint Journal to doorsteps in my Flushing neighborhood, and I end the working part of my life still delivering the news.

It has been an honor serving all of you for the majority of my life and I thank each of you for being faithful viewers. I have been blessed to have worked with and learned from some of the best in the business, many of whom have become such good friends.

I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to do so many incredible things and go to so many awesome places as part of covering the news, and to share my love of diving and exploring Michigan’s shipwrecks with all of you.

And I have been so blessed to have had a career where I can honestly say I have always loved my job. Well, OK, except maybe for the part that’s involved getting up at 2:00 in the morning for so many years.

I won’t miss that part but I will miss my ABC12 family and I will miss all of you.

My sincere thank you for allowing me into your home all these years and for trusting me to help keep you informed about the world around you.

May God bless each of you.”

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