Gary Waddell was Las Vegas' senior television news anchor, broadcasting at noon and 4 p.m. Monday though Friday. He's anchored the news at 8 News NOW from 1980 to his retirement on Aug. 3, 2012.
Gary moved to Las Vegas in 1971 to work for KORK-TV as an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he had been a reporter for WFLD-TV in Chicago.
Gary is a graduate of Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, and attended the University of Nebraska, Kearney and the University of Minnesota. He started in broadcasting in his hometown of Kearney, Nebraska, working as a disc jockey for the local radio station while in college.
Gary was named Humanitarian of the Year in 1991 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has been named Best Television Anchor in the Las Vegas Review Journal's Best of Las Vegas poll and, along with Paula Francis, received the Best Anchor Team award in the Women in Communications Electronic Media Awards.
Gary has been honored with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was recently inducted into the Associated Press Television and Radio Association's Hall of Fame.
Gary supports and contributes his time to a number of charitable events and organizations in Southern Nevada. In his free time Gary enjoys touring on his Motorcycle, boating on Lake Mead and traveling.