Dave Roberts to announce retirement from Action News

Veteran 6ABC weather anchor Dave Roberts is expected to announce his retirement during tonight's 11 o'clock news. Roberts, 73, will give his last forecast on Dec. 11.

Roberts, whose real name is David Thomas Boreanaz,  joined WPVI in 1978 and started as co-host of the station’s “AM Philadelphia,” and an afternoon weather anchor. He joined the evening newscasts after the skydiving death of his friend and colleague Jim O’Brien in 1983.


Roberts, also known for being the father of actor David Boreanaz, has spent 56 years in TV news.

In a statement released tonight, Roberts says "My family and I are most grateful to all the viewers for their kindness over so many years.  I have also been blessed to work with the wonderful people at WPVI - my 6abc family.  Their support and caring continue to guide me.  My wife Patti and I approach the future with the same excitement and hope which we had when we arrived here thirty-one years ago. Thanks for all the memories as those memories are now treasures which will be stored in our hearts forever.  Laughter, a smile and a kind word will always fill your day with sunshine."

Roberts and Patti toasted his retirement with another couple over dinner Tuesday at Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter) where the weather anchor went for a veal chop.