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Veteran Journalist Enrique Cerna to Retire From KCTS 9

After a media career spanning over four decades — 23 of those years with KCTS 9 — Cerna plans to retire in February.

January 17, 2018
After 23 years with the organization, Enrique Cerna has announced his retirement from KCTS 9.  During his tenure, Enrique has produced award winning current affairs programs and documentaries, moderated debates and provided analysis on a wide range of social and political issues.  Currently, on any given day, Enrique is out in the community bringing people together by hosting and moderating events.  
 
Enrique Cerna interviewed Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.
 
“On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to thank Enrique for his innumerable contributions to the success of our station,” says Robert Dunlop, President and CEO of KCTS 9.  “Enrique’s career exemplifies a commitment to public media and local journalism through his frank community discussions on some of the most pressing issues facing our region.” 
 
Enrique Cerna pictured with Seattle’s current mayor, Jenny Durkan, on the set of “KCTS 9 Connects.”

I feel very fortunate... I’ve had the opportunity to cover the important issues facing our region, to meet people from all walks of life and to tell their stories.

Enrique served as the host of KCTS 9 Connects for 13 seasons and Conversations for four seasons.  He is also a nine-time Northwest Regional Emmy Award winner, and has interviewed countless notable figures including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Dolores Huerta, Edward James Olmos, Nora Ephron, Marvin Hamlisch, Patty Smith and Sherman Alexie.   Additionally, Enrique has been a dynamic figure in the Seattle broadcast market for more than 42 years.
 
Cerna has been a dynamic figure in the local broadcast market for more than 42 years. Here, he is pictured with a studio audience at an event in Yakima, Wash.
 
“I feel very fortunate to have worked at KCTS 9 these past 23 years. I’ve had great experiences and made wonderful friends. I’ve had the opportunity to cover the important issues facing our region, to meet people from all walks of life and to tell their stories,” says Cerna.  “While I’m retiring from KCTS 9, I still plan to remain active in this community that means so much to me.”
 
Enrique’s last day will be Friday, February 9, 2018.  Community members are welcome to share well wishes and favorite Enrique moments in the comments section or via social media on Facebook or Twitter (@enriquecerna).
 

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Mr. Cerna,Several years ago while I worked at Seattle Central (Community) College you graciously accepted my request to join the students as a host in a joint program with nutrionists and research scientists of Fred Hutch.  I remember fondly the wonderful way you had with the engagement of all in attendance.  It is a memory I remember the much appreciation.  You talents are many and shall alway remember your great gift of bringing people together for the betterment of their lives.  Many thanks and well wishes for a wonderful retirement. 

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