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Paul Venema’s open letter to KSAT 12 viewers who wished him well in retirement

(*12*)SAN ANTONIO – Longtime KSAT 12 reporter Paul Venema rode off into the proverbial sundown after 47 years of journalism at this station.

Hundreds of KSAT viewers joined coworkers, courthouse officers and even celebrities in wishing the native icon well in retirement.

Paul was so humbled by the outpouring of help that he penned a response to the lots of of viewers who wrote in by way of the free KSAT Insider program.

See beneath for the complete letter, which KSAT Insiders acquired final week. (Sign up right here to get unique early entry to behind-the-camera content material like this. It’s free!)


Dear Friends,

Please indulge me by permitting me to name you associates. “Viewers” doesn’t sound personal sufficient.

I really feel as if our relationship over time has change into simply that — personal. Judging from the type phrases you’ve shared that feeling is mutual and is humbling.

Thank you.

You being there has made my job simpler. I coated every story with you in thoughts. Looking for tales that made a distinction in your lives and requested the questions I felt you needed answered.

From the courthouse to chasing hurricanes, to hanging out with Willie Nelson we’ve been there collectively. What a trip, huh?

But as with the whole lot, it should come to an finish. Not our friendship — that’s eternally.

But it’s time to take my life in one other path.

For practically 5 a long time, my KSAT career has consumed me. That’s simply the character of the business.

But I’ve a loving household that a lot too usually has been pressured to come in second. It’s time for me to make that up to them.


I’m positive that you simply perceive.

I’m honored by your loyalty as I transfer on with fantastic reminiscences of a career that I really liked. And associates that I’ll always remember.

Blessings and greatest needs,


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