Doug Rafferty leaving WGME-TV anchor chair after 16 years


PORTLAND (AP) – Doug Rafferty, WGME-TV’s anchor who suffered an on-air stroke a year ago, is leaving the anchor desk after 16 years.

Rafferty will continue to host his “Doug’s Discovery” segment and report on various special topics for the CBS affiliate. His new job will feature behind-the-scenes work and some work as a WGME spokesman, said Terry Cole, the station’s general manager.

“Leaving the anchor desk is hard, but change and excitement are some things I’ve been looking for,” said Rafferty, who worked in Indianapolis TV news before coming to Portland. “The daily grind of turning out half-hour newscasts is not doing it for me.”

Rafferty, 54, said the decision had nothing to do with the stroke he suffered on-air on Jan. 19, 2006. His stroke was minor and he said he’s currently “fine.”

The 6 p.m. slot that Rafferty held alongside anchor Kim Block will be filled by reporter and anchor Gregg Lagerquist, the station said.