“Today, we announce the retirement of longtime FOX 26 newsman, Ford Atkinson," said Bob Morford, FOX 26 KRIV news director, in a statement to mikemcguff.com. "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.