Today Show anchor retires after 32 years, Mike Leonard pays tribute to wife on his final story (Video)

By on Dec 14, 2012 in Television, United States Comments

Mike Leonard, NBC‘s Today Show anchor retires after 32 years of being a featured correspondent and writer on the show. On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Leonard made his final report, paying tribute to wife Cathy, whom he has inspired him “to see the beauty in our everyday existence,” as shown in the video below.

Today Show anchor Mike Leonard

Today Show anchor Mike Leonard, on his last day
on the show, for his segment “Leonard’s Look”

Image Credit: NBC video

As aired at NBC on Thursday morning, Mike Leonard appeared on Today Show and featured a story on how he started as a TV journalist and writer, noting that his lucky break started earlier, when he got married to his wife. A compiled video of his married life, showing family occasions, the growing children, among others.

“I’ve got a lot of lucky breaks, lucky to have a family like that I have, right back there for forgiving me for all my flaws, and also I’m really really very lucky to have Today Show family.” Leonard said after when the video was finished, pointing to his wife and children standing near by and teary eyed.

“No, we are the lucky ones. Let me tell you something. Your stories…are a microcosm of you. They all have incredible heart, they’re told with kindness, and hope, and modesty. They are understated and yet so powerful, and that is you in a nutshell.” Matt Lauer told Mike, who is known for his stories on everyday life.

Leonard, who turned 65 last November 30, is known for his segment “Leonard’s Look,” which features inspirational stories of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things, but sometimes, he also shares stories of his family. He has four grown children, Matt, Megan, Kerry, and Brendan, along with five grandchildren.

Today Show anchor Mike Leonard retires, pays tribute to wife Cathy
Video Credit: NBC Today Show

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