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WTVD anchor Larry Stogner announces ALS diagnosis, retirement

Posted January 23, 2015

— Long-time ABC11 news anchor Larry Stogner announced Friday that he is suffering from the debilitating disease ALS and will step down from the WTVD-TV anchor desk, effective immediately.

“Larry is the dean of our Eyewitness newsroom and the patriarch of the ABC11 family,” said Caroline Welch, president and general manager of WTVD, in a statement. “While we are rocked by this news, our full love and support go to Larry and his family as he fights against this disease.”

Stogner began his television career at UNC-TV and worked as an anchor/reporter at WRAL-TV before joining ABC Eyewitness News in 1976.

In announcing his retirement, Stogner said, “I’m sure that in recent months, you’ve noticed a change in my voice…my speech…slower. Many of you were kind enough to email me ideas about what it might be…or just to show concern. As it turns out, I have ALS, known to many as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and brought to national attention by the Ice Bucket Challenge. There is no cure, so it is time for my broadcast career to come to an end.” 

Stogner concluded the newscast with his signature, “thanks for the company.”



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  • bnochlin Jan 26, 2015

    I have been in NC 27 years and you are one constant throughout. Always a pleasure to listen to your broadcasts. Great job anchoring. Best wishes to you and your family. Enjoy your retirement!

  • NCCoachSE Jan 25, 2015

    Great guy, great anchor... anyway you put it a great influence. Best wishes Larry.

  • Michael Lashley Jan 25, 2015
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    I grew up w/ Larry anchoring the news! This is so sad, thoughts and prayers are w/ him and his family

  • geraniumposey Jan 25, 2015

    A great anchor. Best wishes, Mr. Stogner.

  • Barbara Sheppard Jan 25, 2015
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    May God bless you, Larry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 25, 2015

    To me, worse than this and other deadly illnesses, is the pain it puts on the family. With my father, he knew that he was dying, yet he never flinched. My mother was the one who endured the most pain. Not only due to his slow death, but also because of the dollar signs in the eyes of what used to be my brother. Death can hurt in more ways than one. This being said, Mr Stogner is the honor student of classy acts. He has touched the lives of many thousands of people. He has earned his place in the NC News Reporters Hall of Fame. May God be with him and his family, during these next few months and years.

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 25, 2015

    Oh Wow, sorry to hear it Larry. Praying mightily for you. Nothing's ever over until God says it's over.

  • alexandriadb Jan 24, 2015

    Mr. Stogner. We are in this fight with you.. with our prayers and heartfelt love being sent your way. From a Marine Corps Family. Semper Fi. God be with you and your loved ones as you face this but you are not alone. You have your family, friends and all of us :-)

  • Duke1977 Jan 24, 2015

    What horrible news. Will keep him in our prayers. May God bless and give him and his family strength and stamina.

  • Joseph Shepard Jan 24, 2015
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    From a Vietnam Brother---Semper Fi., Welcome home and thank you..