Veteran FOX 7 morning anchor Joe Bickett is leaving the station in May after more than 17 years. FOX 7 News Director Pam Vaught confirmed the news today after informing the FOX 7 news staff in a meeting earlier this week. Vaught has already posted for a replacement on the station’s web site.
Fox officials said the parting was entirely amiable. Bickett and his wife, Mary Kay, are simply seeking a lifestyle change and a return to Reno, Nevada, their hometown. Vaught reportedly asked the veteran anchor to stay on through the May ratings book and he has agreed.
Bickett was not available for interviews.
“Joe’s incredible sense of humor and passion for local news have been an asset to our morning show for 18 years,” Vaught said. “It’s been a privilege to have him on our team; he will be missed.”
Bickett anchors the 7-9 a.m. segment of Good Day Austin with Katherine Kisiel. He joined FOX 7 in August 1994, following eight years as an anchor at KRNV in Reno, according to his FOX 7 web site bio. He was previously a sports director in Reno where he was a three-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year. Bickett also was a reporter in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Here’s Joe’s full bio from the FOX 7 website:
Anchor Joe Bickett has been giving you the EDGE on FOX 7 NEWS since August of 1994. Joe anchors the FOX 7 NEWS MORNING EDGE and GOOD DAY AUSTIN, 7-9am, as well as contributes to the 9-10am hour of GOOD DAY.
A native of Reno, NV, Joe attended Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and the University of Nevada – Reno. Prior to landing a job in television, Joe briefly worked at a PR firm in Reno, but then stepped into the world of broadcasting as Sports Director of Reno’s KTVN Ch. 2, the ABC affiliate. Joe went on to work as a reporter for WFMY in Greensboro, NC, and WXII in Winston-Salem, NC. Before joining the FOX 7 NEWS team, he spent eight years as an anchor at KRNV in Reno.
The three-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year enjoys spending time with his wife Mary Kay, playing guitar, golfing, model building and cruising on his Harley. In the future, Joe would love to find the time to do some writing – both fiction and non-fiction.
You can email Joe with story ideas or questions and comments at email@example.com