After a 51-year career at KAKE TV, Larry Hatteberg announced today he’s stepping down from the anchor desk. His last show will be the 10:00pm newscast on Tuesday, November 25.
"KAKE TV is the only job I've had in my adult life,” said Larry. “But five decades is long enough even at the job I love. At this point in my career, I'm looking for a bit more freedom to pursue the video and still photography projects that I want, without the deadlines that TV news brings.”
A native of Kansas, Larry has brought a special kind of television to viewers across KAKEland. He began his television career with KAKE TV on May 23, 1963 and immediately established an ability to communicate visually, letting his subjects tell their story.
“It’s a rare honor to work with an anchor who has distinguished himself throughout his career in so many ways for so many years,” said Dan Wall, General Manager of KAKEland. “His ability to find ordinary people with extraordinary stories allowed him to develop a personal relationship with Kansas viewers. We can’t thank him enough for the contributions he’s made to local television.”
Larry has received more than 130 local, state and national awards for news photography and reporting and is Kansas' most honored journalist. His "Hatteberg's People" video series has profiled over a thousand Kansans since its inception in 1974. He’s held nearly every position in the KAKE newsroom and currently co-anchors KAKE’s evening newscasts with Susan Peters.
Larry grew up in Winfield, Kansas and graduated from Winfield High School. He attended Kansas State Teachers College and Wichita State University before starting at KAKE TV in 1963. Larry's wife Judy is a writer and teacher and together they have two daughters and several grandchildren.
- 2005 KAB Kansas Broadcasting Hall of Fame
- 2000 Silver Circle Inductee – National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
- 1978 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Television News Cameraman of the Year
- 1975 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Television News Cameraman of the Year