Sabrina Squire Set to Retire after 40 Years Broadcasting in Richmond, Virginia
Sabrina Squire made an announcement on Monday, April 23 that she is retiring from her news anchor position at NBC12. She is retiring exactly one month later on May 23. Therefore, visitors will get to hear her reporting the news from around the world as well as local news from her native Richmond, Virginia.
It was good for her to let viewers know that far in advance so they can prepare themselves for her departure. Even though they know it is wonderful for Sabrina to take a break after 40 years, viewers say they will miss her very much.
Sabrina thanked the network for allowing her to take the time to make her announcement in her own way. She specifically thanked her managers, News Director Frank Jones and General Manager Kym Grinnage, for that opportunity. She also acknowledged the support and guidance of the talented NBC12 team of hardworking and dedicated professionals.
She itemized the things she is grateful for in a professional way just like she reports the news.
Other thanks for four decades of kindness:
- Baby gifts when her two children were born
- Hospital visits during childbirth of youngest child
- Comfort extended to her and family after the death of her father
- Get-well wishes, cards, and flowers following a recent hospitalization for a life-threatening case of the flu
She thanked viewers for welcoming her into their homes, workplaces, schools, churches and civic events during her tenure at 12 On Your Side.
She did not conclude her lengthy speech without thanking her own family for its support and love over all 40 years. She concluded by saying, "Most of all I'm grateful to God for ordering my steps throughout this journey and this transition."
About Sabrina Squire
Sabrina Squire co-anchors NBC12 News in four segments every weekday. She appears on television screens for NBC12 News at the following times:
- 5 p.m
- 5:30 p.m.
- 6 p.m.
- 11 p.m.
She is a Richmond native and a graduate of Huguenot High School. She attended college at Howard University and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sabrina called her career "40 phenomenal years in broadcasting."
Sabrina Squire's Career
Sabrina has worked in broadcasting 40 years in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Out of that many years, she has worked the last 37 of them at NBC12. Before working there, she worked in radio in Richmond.
She started at NBC as a news intern followed by a Chesterfield and City Hall reporter. In 1984, she became the first African American prime time co-anchor.
Her career in broadcasting also included the following positions.
- First female announced for WEZS-FM
- Reporter for WSSV
- Newscaster for Magic 99
- Last 37 years at NBC12
"It's been an extraordinary adventure. I will leave here in one month, May 23, feeling extremely blessed, my heart filled with love and gratitude." -- Sabrina Squire, April 23, 2018
Squire assured viewers that she has not taken any of her assignments for granted, and they have been rewarding. These are just a few she mentioned:
- Reporting and traveling with a state delegation to South Africa
- Being on the scene with remote, live coverage of historic events in her own community and country
- Reporting on the space shuttle Challenger disaster
- Sharing information about Queen Elizabeth's visit to Virginia
- Covering the inauguration of Virginia and the nation's first African American Governor
- Covering the campaigns and two terms of the nation's first and only African American President of the United States.
- Over the last eight years, Sabrina has shared her Acts of Kindness on a weekly basis. During that segment, she showcased those in Richmond, Virginia who have shown kindness to others in various ways.
Plans for the Future
Sometimes when people retire from one job, they get another one or another part-time job to fill their time. According to Sabrina, that will not be the case with her. She plans to spend time with her family, especially a new grandchild.
She concludes, "I look joyfully to this next season, to recommit to my health and family, to have greater flexibility to pursue my many passions: continuing education, travel and definitely community service."