KLAS TV 8 Announces Retirement of Award Winning News Anchor Paula Francis
Las Vegas, Nevada, February 17, 2016 – KLAS TV 8 of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and local
CBS affiliate today announced the retirement of award-winning and highly respected news
anchor, Paula Francis after 30 plus years in the television industry.
Francis, the current evening news anchor at 8 News Now during the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
newscasts will anchor her final newscast on April 1, 2016 at the 6 p.m. newscast.
“Paula Francis is the preeminent news journalist and has dedicated her career to serving the
Las Vegas community with the utmost class and dedication. The entire 8 News Now team will
miss her dearly while also wishing her all the best,” stated Lisa Howfield, Vice-President and
GM of KLAS TV 8.
Francis began her career in Madison, Wisconsin directly after graduating from UW-Madison and
has been covering news for Las Vegas since 1985. She joined KLAS in 1988 and over the
span of her career has been chosen as “Best TV Anchor in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas
Review Journal readers over 15 times. She was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster’s
Association Hall of Fame and a member of the KLAS TV Hall of Fame, sharing the honor with
George Knapp, Gary Waddell, Bob Stoldal and Howard Hughes.
KLAS TV 8 News Director, Terri Foley has worked alongside Paula for over 28 years saying that
“Paula has been an inspiration to me. In the highly competitive business of news, she is viewed
by other news organizations with tremendous respect. The news department will miss her
experience, judgement and passion for news. We fully support Paula in this new chapter of her
life, knowing she will always have a special place in the hearts of her KLAS family.”
On this next chapter, Paul Francis says, “Channel 8 and its loyal viewers have enabled me to
have my dream career. For 28 years, it has been a privilege and a joy. I am always thrilled when
strangers call out, ‘I love you!’ Alongside my good friend Gary Waddell, I’ve covered the
tragedies and the celebrations. Our New Year’s Eve show was a highlight. Being in the public
eye has been exciting and rewarding, and now I look forward to a more private life. If you see
me out and about, please don’t hesitate to say hello.”
Paula is a founding member of the Nevada Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, serves
on the Board of Trustees for The Shade Tree Endowment Fund and has received a number of
humanitarian awards for involvement in the community including her proudest campaign
accomplishment for breast cancer awareness, Buddy Check 8.
Although Paula will be officially retired after April 1st, viewers are likely to still see her on 8 News
Now during coverage of events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure as she will
continue to remain involved with her community causes.
Paula and her husband Steve Francis will undoubtedly now spend more time sharing their
interests in politics, travel, hiking and photography.