FOX31 Denver says goodbye to Libby Weaver

DENVER – Long-time Denver newscaster Libby Weaver signed off for the last time as anchor of FOX31 Denver News Thursday night.

There are great things in her future, most importantly, spending time with her children and the rest of her family.

Weaver and her co-anchor Ron Zappolo, she calls him her “TV husband,”  have been at the anchor desk from the time the station began airing local newscasts in July 2000.

They were the longest-serving late news anchor team in Denver.

“We will certainly miss her presence — both on the air and in our newscasts and in the newsroom,” news director Ed Kosowski said.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock declared today Libby Weaver Appreciation Day to commemorate her many years in the market.

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She joined FOX31 Denver in July 2000 after moving to Denver from Los Angeles where she was the host of EXTRA. She’s also worked at WMAQ in Chicago and KSTU in Salt Lake City. Weaver got her start in television news working at KDRV in Medford, Oregon.

“I was a fan of Libby since she got here,” anchor and reporter Kim Posey said. “I used to watch her on EXTRA and I thought she was so good.”

Weaver has covered some major news events in Colorado – both the good and the bad.

She anchored from Sports Authority Field at Mile High when then Senator Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination to be the first African American to run for president. She covered the first World Series in Denver and the state capitol shooting.

Weaver has braved the elements and reported on Colorado’s wild weather from countless blizzards to wildfires and the Windsor tornado.

“She came here with experience,” reporter Shaul Turner said. “She has an uncanny amount of style and grace.”

Weaver has won several Emmys and awards for her reporting. The list includes an Emmy in 2002 for her series on 16-year-old Missy Martin’s recovery after her car was hit by a train in Castle Rock. The accident left Martin in a coma for two months.

Critics also praised Weaver’s 2007 series on Berthoud teenagers Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros, who both lost their legs when a car slammed into them as they were trying to change a tire. Weaver showed the 17-year-olds’ struggle to move on with life.

Weaver has also covered some of the lighter side of life. She once swapped jobs with Scott Higgins, then the percussionist with the Colorado Opera.

It’s that depth that has made Weaver’s longtime co-anchor one of her biggest fans.

“One of the things that I have always liked about Libby the most is that she doesn’t take herself seriously,” Zappolo said. “She takes her job seriously, but she doesn’t take herself seriously.”

While she is leaving a 22-year career in television news, Weaver says she is not retiring. That said, she’s not yet sure what her next step will be.

Her reasoning for leaving the anchor desk, however, is very clear.

Weaver says she’s determined to spend more time with her three children, ages 13, 10 and 8.

After all the passion and commitment she has shown in helping our station grow from its inception, we can only say that Libby’s decision is a perfect reflection of the woman we know her to be.

In many ways, a newsroom is like a family. With that being the case, there won’t be many dry eyes when one of our own signs off for the final time tonight.

So one last time, let us say thank you, Libby. But in lieu of goodbye, we’ll opt for see you later.

Like the thousands who looked forward to watching you every night, we look forward to watching your next act.