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Mayor declares Jan. 31 as ‘Bill Balleza Day’; Memorial City lights up in honor of his last day

NBC News Anchors also sent messages of support and thanks

Bill Balleza celebrating his retirement at KPRC 2
Bill Balleza celebrating his retirement at KPRC 2 (KPRC)


HOUSTON – January 31 is a day many viewers will be seeing Bill Balleza for the final time on the air at KPRC 2. For 49-year journalist Bill Balleza, this day is the start of a new chapter: retirement.

On Balleza’s final day at the newsdesk, viewers, colleagues and businesses showed an outpouring of support and love for the longtime anchor. However, it wasn’t just our city who valued Balleza’s work, national journalists from NBC also shared their best wishes on Balleza’s last day.

NBC News Anchors share farewell wishes

Memorial City Honors Balleza

Friday evening, Memorial City is honoring Bill Balleza for his 40 years of journalism excellence at KPRC 2.

This evening Memorial City is honoring Bill Balleza for his nearly 40 years of journalism excellence at KPRC TV Channel...

Posted by Memorial City on Friday, January 31, 2020

In honor of Balleza’s love of Whataburger, they are changing their 2.6 linear miles of LED Lights to orange and white.

Related: Looking back at Bill Balleza’s decades-long career in journalism

Bill Balleza Day

January 31, 2020, is officially known as ‘Bill Balleza Day.' On Thursday, Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a proclamation honoring Balleza and declared Friday, ‘Bill Balleza Day’ in the city of Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner issues Bill Balleza a proclamation in his honor.
Mayor Sylvester Turner issues Bill Balleza a proclamation in his honor. (KPRC)

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During Balleza’s retirement dinner the longtime anchor was also surprised with an image drawn on the walls the Palm restaurant.

Related: Bill Balleza’s past and present co-anchors share memories, messages

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also shared a special message on their Facebook page.

Congratulations on your retirement Bill Balleza! Your presence on Houston television will be missed. Thank you for your...

Posted by RODEOHOUSTON on Friday, January 31, 2020

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