Mike Dowling, a respected sports anchor and reporter at Channel 5 for more than 28 years, is leaving the station.
"I've been living the dream," said Dowling in a statement. "Working for the best television station in Boston and in the best sports town in the country – you can't beat that. I feel like I've seen and covered it all, and have enjoyed every minute of it.
"But after over 33 years in the business, I want to spend more time with my family, to which I'm looking forward while pursuing some interests that I've been thinking about for a while."
Dowling's final day will be Feb. 21.
He joined SportsCenter 5 in 1985, teaming with sports director Mike Lynch to give the station a tandem of reporter/anchors whose institutional knowledge of Boston sports is unmatched.
Dowling covered 10 championship teams in Boston between the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox.
He won several awards, including a number of Associated Press awards for "Best Sports Feature," nine Associated Press awards for Best Sportscast award as part of SportsCenter 5, two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for Best Sports Reporting, an Emmy award for WCVB's Patriots Coaches show and a UPI award for Best Sports Reporting.
"From covering seven Patriots Super Bowls to the Red Sox' run to three World Series Championships, and everything in between, Mike has been a key member of SportsCenter 5 for almost three decades," said Channel 5 President and General Manager Bill Fine.
"Mike has witnessed many key moments in Boston's sports history and very ably chronicled the ride for our viewers. We admire and support Mike in his decision to take some time for himself and his family and wish him nothing but the best."
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