After forty years working for WBZ-TV 4 in Boston, Jack Williams has officially made the decision to retire from the station. Jack stopped anchoring the 6pm newscasts in August 2014, but stayed with the station to continue his “Wednesday’s Child” series.
“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams at the time. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials. It’s great to have the opportunity to focus on ‘Wednesday’s Child’ and continue to be a member of the WBZ family.”
Jack wasn’t always a news anchor. He started off as a radio DJ back in 1959. When a news anchor left, Jack took the role and “never looked back.” Jack joined WBZ in 1975.
“I came during the first year of bussing, which as an explosion of parochialism. People didn’t want change. People didn’t want any change. It was more than just racial,” Jack said.
Anchoring the news wasn’t Jack’s only role at Channel 4. In addition to hosting WBZ’s signature events and specials such as the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, a big part of his career included his Wednesday’s Child reports, which highlighted a special needs child in need of a home. Since Jack started the series in 1981, over 700 children have been placed into new homes.
In his 40 years at WBZ, Jack has covered numerous major news stories, from the Blizzard of 1978 to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the two suspects.
Jack has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Jack earned a 2014 Columbia duPont Award and a 2013 Peabody Award, both as part of WBZ’s coverage of the Marathon Bombings. Jack was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2012, and also received the prestigious Yankee Quill Award that same year. The Yankee Quill Award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.
All this week leading up to Jack’s final show on Thursday night, WBZ will be celebrating Jack’s career. Jack’s colleague, Lisa Hughes, told Chuck Nolan on 100.7 WZLX yesterday afternoon that viewers could see Jack on the anchor desk this week.
Thank you Jack for all you have done for the City of Boston in your 40 years as a journalist here. We wish you the best in your next endeavors.