Jess Marlow, a fixture on the local TV news scene since 1966, said Monday that he plans to retire from his co-anchor job at KCET's "Life & Times" in June and will be moving to New Mexico.
Marlow, 73, an Emmy-winning journalist who championed covering hard news over fluff, joined Val Zavala as host of the public television weeknight newsmagazine in January 2001, after long anchoring stints at KNBC-TV Channel 4 and KCBS-TV Channel 2.
He began his TV career in 1958 at a station in Rock Island, Ill. KNBC brought him to Los Angeles as a reporter in 1966, and by 1968 he was anchoring the news there -- and continued doing so until 1980. He worked at KCBS from 1980 to 1986, then returned to KNBC through 2000.
KCET said a replacement probably won't be named until summer.
-- Lee Margulies