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Friday, March 21, 2014

Ford Atkinson retires from Fox 26 KRIV

Ford Atkinson leaves Fox 26 KRIV after 22 years

Ford Atkinson
Ford Atkinson
Ford Atkinson has retired from Fox 26 KRIV after working at the station for 22 years.

“Today, we announce the retirement of longtime FOX 26 newsman, Ford Atkinson," said Bob Morford, FOX 26 KRIV news director, in a statement to "Whether on the anchor desk or out in the field reporting, Ford has established a solid reputation for his keen news sense and dedication to this station. We will miss his aggressive approach to covering news and wish him well in this next chapter of his life."

Atkinson was most recently a morning newscast reporter. Before the AM duty, he anchored the station's weekend newscast starting in 1997.

The managing editor of City Under Siege gig brought Atkinson to the station in 1992. He came to Houston in 1982, where he worked as a reporter at KPRC 2 and then as an executive assistant to a Harris County Commissioner.

Before Houston, the award winning journalist worked at TV stations in Montana, Washington, Utah and Arkansas.

After his absence from the airwaves since December 2013, I contacted Atkinson for comment but did not hear back from him.


  1. McGuff, I assume Atkinson didn't give a goodbye to the Fox 26 viewers. Wishing him the best of luck in retirement.

  2. God Bless you Ford!

  3. Hey Mike McGuff, does Andrea Watkins still work on FOX26? Haven't seen her in forever.

  4. Seems like Fox 26 anchors and reporters are almost all under 30.

  5. Yeah, he "retired." And my old dog is still scampering around at that farm upstate...

  6. Andrea hasn't updated her Fox 26 Facebook and Twitter accounts since mid-January. Hope she's not gone, but sure seems like that's a strong possibility.

  7. McGuff, whatever happened to Andrea Watkins?

    She hasn't been seen on Fox 26 in awhile.