After 37 Years Reporting From The Street Of Pittsburgh Ralph Iannotti Retires

The KDKA-TV veteran signs off Friday

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
July 26, 2019 - 1:29 pm

Courtesy of Ralph Iannotti

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – After 37 years on the air and on the street in Pittsburgh for KDKA-TV, reporter Ralph Iannotti is retiring at the end of his Friday shift.

The 74-year-old Iannotti says no one at the station forced his decision. It was his own. “I just believe it’s time to hang it up. I’ve decided about a month and a half ago that maybe now is the right time.”

By his own count, Iannotti has done some 11-thousand stories in Pittsburgh.

“You know I have a passion for the job. I like the adrenaline, I like the deadlines. I like to scoop people, but I also like to be accurate.”

It’s that trust from viewers and his sources that contributed to Iannotti’s longevity. Many of his stories reported on crime and he had sources in many police departments who trusted him not to harm an investigation. In recent years Iannotti handled the station’s Crime Stopper segment.

What’s next for a reporter always on the go? He says he plans to “chill” and turn off all social media for a few weeks.

“The only thing I won’t miss about this job is being out in a snowstorm at 11 o’clock at night telling people to stay home.”

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