End of an era: Bruce Gietzen says goodbye to News Channel 25

Posted at 9:38 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 23:11:37-04

After nearly 13 years at the anchor desk and 32 in broadcasting, Bruce Gietzen is signing off for one last time.

Bruce has covered some of Central Texas' biggest stories in the last decade, from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting to the Twin Peaks shootout.

Throughout all the breaking news, Bruce has provided a voice of stability and credibility to viewers.

During the West fertilizer explosion, Bruce and Ann stayed on air for nearly 12 hours to give viewers the latest and most accurate news.

He has become a fixture to televisions across Central Texas and has been heavily involved in the community, serving as a board member of the Waco ISD Education Foundation.

"Dana and I were blessed when God gave us the opportunity to come to Waco, and after 12 plus years here we are proud to say we are from Central Texas," Bruce said. "God has provided us with so many wonderful friends, jobs we enjoyed, and a ton of great memories - and now we're starting a new chapter! Thanks to so many special people here at News Channel 25, especially Ann Harder and Matt Hines, and all of you who made our newscasts a part of your life."

Bruce will be heading to Waco ISD to serve as the district's Director of Communications.

"I'm a big proponent of education and the positive influence teachers and schools can make in a student's life," Bruce said.  "I want to be a part of the team that helps make that happen. 

As Director of Communications, Bruce will be responsible for internal and external communications for Waco ISD.  His duties include developing proactive communication strategies that promote the school district to multiple audiences and responding to current event, issues and crises.  

Before coming to KXXV, Bruce spent several years as a sports reporter at KTRK in Houston.

During that time he covered some of the most memorable games and events ever, including the 1979 Final Four featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the University of Houston's Phi Slama Jama team with Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, the Houston Rockets back to back World Championships in 1994 and 1995, and no-hitters by Houston Astros Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott.

After KTRK, Bruce was part of the broadcast team for the Rockets and Astros, and also a contributing reporter for ESPN, Home Sports Entertainment, Major League Baseball Productions and NBA Entertainment.   

He won awards in Houston for his reporting covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour and college and high school sports across Texas.

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