ABC News president Ben Sherwood issued a statement on Friday announcing that longtime reporter Vic Ratner will retire from ABC News Radio at the end of the month.
I am writing with news that Vic Ratner - our legendary work horse, Capitol reporter, war correspondent and space enthusiast - is retiring.
Ratner spent the past 40 years of his career on ABC News Radio covering stories including the "Watergate Seven" trial in Washington, several presidential campaigns and nearly every space shuttle launch.
He has reported from 54 countries and 49 states. For the record book, only South Dakota — the Mt. Rushmore State — has escaped his attention.
Soon after the news broke, several media professionals reacted on Twitter.
ABC's Vic Ratner retiring. Here he and Bob Walker report on the terrible Challenger explosion in 1986: http://t.co/B3VhDowwG6— Sam Litzinger (@SamLitzinger) December 20, 2013
Vic Ratner's a great writer, reporter, broadcaster and gentleman. Was my privilege to work with him from time to time on pres. trips.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2013
A voice, a reporter and a gentleman. One of the greats I've had the pleasure of knowing & learning from. http://t.co/ohModXm5a9— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) December 20, 2013