CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Paul Cameron is hanging up his journalist hat after spending nearly four decades on the anchor desk at WBTV.
“It’s something I’ve mulled over for quite a while, but realize the timing is perfect for me and my family for several reasons—I turn 65 in December and my daughter delivers our first grandchild in January,” Cameron said when first announcing his retirement in September.
In 1981, Cameron was hired as a sports reporter at WBTV, where he would begin a commitment to serving the greater Charlotte community for decades to come. He would also form lasting relationships with those he worked closely with.
“Paul is the voice for Charlotte. More importantly to me, he’s my partner and friend,” said Anchor Molly Grantham, who works alongside Paul weekday nights.
“Delano and I have been symbolically joined at the hip ever since he joined WBTV—brothers together chronicling how major league sports defined and changed Charlotte from the late 80’s until now,” Cameron said.
“He took over the helm from me in 1996 and has now served as WBTV’s longest serving Sports Director. He has performed admirably as Charlotte’s premier sportscaster. WBTV viewers will sorely miss his friendly and knowledgeable nightly appearances.”
“We are very proud of the major contributions that both Paul and Delano have made to WBTV and the greater Charlotte area. Both are leaders in the community and the television news industry,” said WBTV News & Content Director Dennis Milligan. “We wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives.”
The next chapter for Cameron includes relaxation, playing tennis and spending time with family – especially with the newest addition, who, according to Cameron, could come sooner than expected.
Aside from footprint Paul left in our community, he made equally substantial impressions on those he worked with.
“I have never worked with anyone who can, with one simple expression, make me laugh to tears…OK maybe Eric does that too!,” O’Boyle continued.
Longtime WBTV anchor Paul Cameron announced his retirement to his colleagues after the 11 p.m. newscast Thursday. A celebratory toast followed.
“If you’d asked me six months ago, I’d have probably said, ‘Meh, maybe another year, maybe two years,’” Cameron told the Charlotte Observer in an interview back in September. “But (these things) really sharpened my focus. And we (he and his wife of 42 years, Jan) went to the beach a couple weeks ago and I thought, ‘I kind of like this vacation thing.’”
Cameron has been a face on many television sets throughout the years, previously anchoring with Maureen O’Boyle (at 5 and 6 p.m.) and more recently alongside Molly Grantham (at 11 p.m.).
“The excitement of the newsroom when a story is breaking. The triumph of putting on a show at the last minute, as things are changing, ad-libbing something that you know needs to be talked about. All of us pitching in as a unit to try to get that information. There’s something about that that just stirs your blood. It really does,” Cameron told the Observer.
“I learned a long time ago you can never outwit your big brother,” Thomas said of Cameron, who he called “an encylocopedia of 20th century music.”