Tom Pipines is retiring after 32 years at WITI; “Tom is not just a great sports anchor, he is a great guy”

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MILWAUKEE — FOX6’s senior sports anchor Tom Pipines will be retiring in February. Pipines’ decision to retire on February 12th will bring to close a remarkable career, including 32 years at WITI.

Tom Pipines

Tom Pipines

“Tom Pipines has set the standard for sports in Milwaukee,” says WITI FOX6 President and General Manager Chuck Steinmetz.  “Not only has Tom brought his insights into his game analysis, he has enterprised hundreds of Beyond the Game stories that have showcased the heart and soul of local athletes.”

Reflecting on his retirement Pipines says, “ I will always cherish working at FOX6 .  People like (FOX6 anchor) Tim Van Vooren, (FOX6  photojournalist) Mickie Leach and all the wonderful bosses, colleagues and viewers who have honored me with a connection is the greatest gift I’ve had over my career.”

Pipines has been at WITI since 1984 and started his life on television a decade earlier.  His career has included stints as a play-by-play announcer, sports anchor and sports director.  His early career was marked by stops at various New York stations as well as ESPN.  He’s covered  the World Series, the Super Bowl and three Rose Bowls.  He has won several Emmy Awards and was honored with a Silver Circle induction in 2012.  As a self-described “frustrated athlete who loves people” he’s been able to combine his passion for sports with a desire to connect people and tell their stories.  WITI’s Beyond the Game segments have become a nightly occurrence in the station’s newscasts and a true passion for Pipines.  The station’s relationship with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and in turn with the late MDA goodwill ambassador Michael Neufeldt has also been a highlight for Pipines.   Pipines co-wrote the 2005 book “Tales From the Marquette Hardwood” with Neufeldt.

Tom Pipines

Tom Pipines

“It has been an honor to work with Tom,” says Vice-President of News John LaPorte. “He has always been committed to providing our viewers the best sports coverage in the market.  Tom is not just a great sports anchor, he is a great guy.”

During his retirement, Pipines plan to still keep his hand on the pulse of local sports, including doing fill-in work at WITI, and dedicate more time to the non-profit world in our community.

5 comments

  • kw

    aw. you will be missed thank you for all the years you have given us!! congrats and good luck in your retirement!

    • Rod Wood

      I want to take a moment to congratulate my old friend Tom Pipines on an amazing career.
      Tom and I worked together here in Syracuse back in the mid-70’s at the ABC affiliate then
      called WNYS and later called WIXT and currently WSYR.
      Tom was our sports director with tons of talent, an engaging personality
      and a great love for Syracuse University sports.
      What’s not to like about Tom?
      He’s the kind of guy who would gladly give you the shirt off his back.
      I recall the time Tom borrowed a truck from his dad’s roofing company
      and helped move my family from a modest flat to a new home.
      The two of us always enjoyed discussing greek culture
      and we really dug Kojak!
      What on earth will he do in retirement?
      I’m hoping he’ll visit Syracuse and stop in and say hello.
      to an old buddy who has spent 53 years in broadcasting and still anchoring at age 76.
      All best to a great guy!
      Rod Wood
      Senior Anchor
      NewsChannel 9
      Syracuse, NY .

  • Scott Joffe

    You’re the best Pip, a true pro’s pro. I always enjoyed working with you over the years. Congrats on your illustrious career my friend. You’ll be missed by all… Enjoy retirement!

  • Michele / Waukesha

    I had the pleasure of meeting you a few years ago and chatting for a moment. You will me missed!! A true gentleman! Congrats on your retirement! Enjoy!

  • marcus wilson

    Tom I have chatted with you using email we talked about the Packers and their problems. You sir were always a class act and a gentleman. Your wisdom knowledge and style will be missed but you deserve your retirement. Thank you for putting me in contact with Mark Murphy and honestly listening to my ideas. Your one of a kind snd faithful. So it is time to say farewell and may the Lord continue to bless you and keep you whole GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND AND SO LONG…………..

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