PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica and Vice President of News Tom Davis have named Brian Taff as the next anchor for the 6 p.m. newscast. Taff will succeed acclaimed news anchor Jim Gardner when he retires later this month. Gardner’s final newscast is scheduled for December 21.
“My thirteen years at 6abc have changed my life in the most meaningful ways,” said Taff. “Here I worked with colleagues who have become like family. I also started my own family here – I met my wife, who is now the mother of my three precious children. I am reminded daily of the extraordinary, unique and beautiful relationship we share with the viewers we serve. All of these things make me incredibly humbled to take on this profound responsibility.
“During my time at Action News, Jim Gardner has become much more than just a mentor to me – he has been a dear friend, a trusted confidant and an advisor for whom I am eternally grateful,” Taff continues. “He will never be replaced at Action News at 6 but to be asked to succeed him is the professional honor of a lifetime. It is an important award building our foundation, which is based on honesty, integrity and trust. I intend to honor and build on that legacy with every single word, every single night.”
“I’m delighted that Brian Taff will be the next anchor of Action News following Jim Gardner’s historic 6pm run,” Prazenica said. “Over the past 13 years, Brian has demonstrated the knowledge, skill and talent that the Delaware Valley has come to expect from Action News. Now, with Brian and Rick Williams in place, we can continue to serve our viewers for many years to come.”
“Brian is a very hardworking and talented journalist who loves the Delaware Valley,” added Davis. “He is committed to the creative storytelling that impacts our communities. Jim is also excited to have Brian take on this new role.”
Taff, who joined 6abc in 2009, currently co-hosts the midday and 4pm newscasts. He will remain part of the 4 p.m. team but will roll out of the noon anchor chair. Since he arrived at 6abc, his reporting duties have taken him to every corner of the tri-state area and around the world. As the massive BP oil spill threatened the southern United States coast, Taff traveled to Florida and Alabama to show viewers the stunning images. As the Catholic Church began electing a new pope, he spent weeks in Rome bringing action news to the Vatican’s age-old traditions. When President Obama saw his first term in office stalled by poor polls, Taff was invited to the White House for an exclusive meeting with the President in the historic Cabinet Room. He also took his passion for politics to the streets as he covered every presidential and vice presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle. His responsibilities have also taken him flying – at speeds in excess of 700 miles per hour and forces in excess of 9g – in the US Air Force Thunderbirds and onto the track to test cars with the experts at Consumer Reports.
A graduate of Boston College, Taff began his broadcasting career in Bangor, Maine.
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