NBC Washington (WRC-TV) announced today that longtime reporter Pat Collins will retire at the end of 2022. Collins joined News4 in 1986 and has spent over fifty years covering news in the DC area. Prior to News4, Collins worked for WJLA-TV (ABC 7) , WDVM-TV (now WUSA-TV), and WLS-TV in Chicago . In addition to covering breaking news, Collins is most well-known for his human interest stories, including a 2011 clip of Collins dressed as a bunch of grapes that went viral(video below), as well as his “Snow Stick.” NBC4 Washington posted the following message on their social media accounts:
“My career has morphed into two things,” longtime News4 reporter Pat Collins is fond of quipping. “I cover murders, and I measure snow.”
But Collins — who announced he will retire from News4 at the end of the year — has covered so much more than that. And to the D.C. area, he is an institution.
He tells the stories that will break your heart. He tells the stories that will crack you up. He tells the stories that will leave you in tears — of sorrow, or laughter. Many times, the entire newsroom has stopped to watch a Collins piece as it airs live, the normally bustling newsroom slipping into relative silence.”
Read the full NBC Washington article here.