Rick Anderson, The Daily World’s sports editor for 37 years, has announced his retirement later this year.
The 65-year-old Anderson has set an early December retirement date.
“This is a tough decision for me, because I still enjoy a lot of what I’m doing,” Anderson said. “But it’s no secret that I work pretty long hours now and I’m at an age where I need to scale back on the weeknights and weekends that I work. The way winter and spring sports, in particular, are scheduled, have forced me to be in the office almost every night and Saturday.
“At the end of the last winter sports season, I could really feel it and for the first time in my career, had the sense I was working too much.”
Anderson hopes to continue as a part-time correspondent.
“Retiring in December will allow me to cover one more football season, which I enjoy,” he said.
Anderson has won several state and regional writing awards.
“He is a newsroom treasure,” said Editor Doug Barker. “I’m just so grateful that he wants to stay on and write for us, both for what it means to readers of The Daily World and for us who will get to continue to work with him. When you combine his insight, extraordinary memory, his sense of fairness and the beautiful way he can take the reader to an event with his skill as a writer, you get the sort of newsman that doesn’t come along very often.’
A native of Seattle, Anderson is a graduate of Ballard High School of Seattle and the University of Washington. He came to The Daily World as a news reporter, covering sports occasionally, in May of 1972 and succeeded Robbie Peltola as sports editor in 1977.