Cleveland TV news anchor Wilma Smith to retire after 35 years; worked at WEWS for 17 years

CLEVELAND - Longtime Cleveland news anchor Wilma Smith is retiring after more than three decades in the business.

Smith announced her retirement on a newscast Monday night. She has worked in television in Cleveland since 1977, spending 17 years at WEWS NewsChannel5 before moving to WJW Fox 8 in 1994.

While at NewsChannel5, Smith anchored "Live On 5" and "Afternoon Exchange" before moving to the 11 p.m. news with Ted Henry.

"Throughout her career, Wilma Smith has always conducted herself with class, dignity and professionalism," said NewsChannel5 Anchor Lee Jordan. "Heartfelt good wishes Wilma and thanks for blazing a trail for other women in broadcasting."

Smith, a native of Garfield Heights, said she wants to focus on her husband and family. She will leave the station at the end of May.

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