TV: Broadcast news pioneer to retire


  After more than four decades, Bob Stoldal — vice president of news at KLAS-TV, Channel 8 — will step down June 30, Stoldal  announced Wednesday in an e-mail to the KLAS staff (and forwarded to several editors at the Review-Journal).
  The veteran news executive also served as general manager of KLAS' sister cable channel, Las Vegas One; the cable station's board of directors will meet Wednesday afternoon to "determine how that position will be handled going forward," Emily Neilson, KLAS president and general manager, stated in the e-mail. 

Bob Stoldal
  "No one person has had more impact on broadcast journalism in Las Vegas and on KLAS," Neilson commented. "His work developing the industry and shining light on issues in our community will be felt for many years to come. His passion, his ethics and his competitive spirit have shaped hundreds of journalists. You'll find graduates of the 'University of Stoldal' spread throughout the state and around the country — including yours truly." 
  Despite Stoldal's June 30 retirement as Channel 8's vice president of news, he "will still be working with the station on several projects," he e-mailed KLAS-TV colleagues. "My office will just move from the corner in the newsroom to any place that has wi-fi."
  Stoldal, who contributed to the Review-Journal's "First 100" project celebrating Las Vegas' centennial, moved to Las Vegas with his family in 1957 and has been a student of local history ever since.  His began his Channel 8 career as a reporter before becoming a news anchor and news director.