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Veteran FOX6 sports anchor Tom Pipines will retire in February. (PHOTO: FOX6's Tom Pipines Facebook)

Veteran FOX6 sports anchor Tom Pipines announces retirement

FOX6 announced today that veteran sports anchor Tom Pipines will retire in February after 32 years at the station.

"I will always cherish working at FOX6," Pipines said in a statement. "People like (FOX6 anchor) Tim Van Vooren, (FOX6 photojournalist) Mickie Leach and all the wonderful bosses, colleagues and viewers who have honored me with a connection is the greatest gift I've had over my career."

Over the course of his 43-year career – which included stints in New York and at ESPN – Pipines covered three Rose Bowls, the World Series and the Super Bowl, winning several Emmys and earning a Silver Circle induction in 2012 along the way. In addition to his work in the sports world, Pipines also notably teamed with the late, beloved, Muscular Dystrophy Association ambassador Michael Neufeldt to co-write the 2005 book, "Tales From the Marquette Hardwood."

"Tom Pipines has set the standard for sports in Milwaukee," added FOX6 president and general manager Chuck Steinmetz in the release. "Not only has Tom brought his insights into his game analysis, he has enterprised hundreds of 'Beyond the Game' stories that have showcased the heart and soul of local athletes."

Pipines will officially retire on Feb. 12, with FOX6's announcement noting he plans to "keep his hand on the pulse of local sports, including doing fill-in work at WITI, and dedicate more time to the non-profit world in our community."

He marks the latest big-name departure from FOX6 in the last 365 days, with veteran weatherman Vince Condella leaving last spring and reporter/anchor Katrina Cravy leaving in the fall.

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