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Career Achievement honor to WKTV's Bill Worden

By: Amanda Seef

When television news viewers think of Utica, they think of Bill Worden.

When he returned to the city from other news jobs in 1977, the mayor welcomed him home with a key to the city as he took the job as the 6 and 11 anchor at WKTV.

In 2012, as he retired with 35 years of news at WKTV, Worden was presented with another key to the city, this time inscribed with the words “thanks for everything.”

 

 

“For more than three decades, Bill was a fixture in Central New Yorkers’ homes. Tens of thousands of local residents have grown up watching Bill deliver the biggest stories that helped shape this region,” said Steve McMurray, Station Manager and News Director at WKTV. “He was not just a newscaster, he was an institution—one that I’ve been fortunate to watch, learn from, and work alongside.


That’s what makes Worden the recipient of the 2012 Syracuse Press Club Career Achievement Award. The Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award is named in memory of Post-Standard columnist Luther F. "Gus" Bliven; Herald-Journal editor, reporter, and columnist Joe Ganley, the first president of the Syracuse Press Club; and Herald-Journal and Post-Standard editor and columnist Mario Rossi.


Bill’s career began in the Air Force, having served with a Top Secret clearance in the Atlas-F Missile Program, during both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


He met his wife, Janna, while in Kansas in the service. Once he was discharged, he began working in radio in Utica, all while earning a degree at MVCC and Utica College. He helped to start MVCC’s first radio station, as well.


Worden worked at television news stations in Kansas and Ohio, before coming back to Utica.


He has won numerous awards through the years, including the Kiwanis Club, The Rotary and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He was honored by the New York State Assembly in 2003 for his dedication to the principles of freedom and democracy. He and the crew of NEWSChannel 2 at 6 were recognized by the Associated Press for best regularly scheduled news program. In July 2002, Worden received the prestigious Les Diven News Media Award for his coverage of the Boilermaker Road Race. He also received the Associated Press award for Best Interview in 2002.


His continuing support of American veterans and his work toward the dedication of the New Hartford Veteran’s Memorial has earned him a lifetime membership in the American Legion. Worden was also a finalist in the Telly Awards in 2004 for a documentary called “Our Vets-Their Stories." He was also honored by the New York State Assembly for his work with veterans in 2004.


Upon his retirement on November 29, 2012 he was honored by both the New York State Senate and Assembly, the Mayors of Utica and Rome and several local dignitaries for his service to the community. WKTV and Utica viewers celebrated Worden’s retirement with numerous special segments on air and on the website.


Personally, Worden is an accomplished drummer and has played professionally across the country with jazz and jazz-rock groups. He has twice been a guest soloist with the Utica Symphony. He is also passionate about auto racing, and served on the board of the Wichita Auto Racing Association at 81 Speedway. He loves American history, television and motion picture production, church, music, traveling at meeting new people.


Worden is a dedicated family man, as well, as Mr. and Mrs. Worden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. They have four children and 12 grandchildren.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 May 2013 21:18 )
 
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“This is my valentine to Brenda Marie McCabe Haggart. Unfortunately, this valentine will not look or taste as good as those hearts that grade school teachers in Kansas helped me cut out and paste on big pieces of red paper. I can still taste the paste. It tasted almost as good as a peanut-butter sandwich. Writing this public confession of joy may seem a little arrogant on my part, Brenda, since I didn't ask you if I could do it. But you owe me one. My voice is gone.”
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