11 News Says Good-Bye to Jeff Marcu

KKTV 11 News This Morning is saying good-bye to it's long time anchor Jeff Marcu and welcoming a familiar face to the morning news.

John Harding, who anchored the morning news on KKTV in the late '90's, returns to 11 News This Morning begining this week.

Marcu has been part of the 11 News family for almost 8 years, and with the morning show for about 7. During his time with us Jeff has won numerous awards for his investigative reporting, including several Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Jeff will be missed as he moves on to pursue personal endeavors.

You can leave a personal message for Jeff below.

A message from Kimberly Price:

Dear Jeff:

What can I say? It has been a pleasure co-anchoring with you for the past 7 years. We have been more than just co-workers, we are like brother and sister! (family is more like it).

You have been the one person I can count on every morning at the desk, the person I feel comfortable with in any situation, be it breaking news or something fun and goofy. We always came through, and had a great time every step of the way.

You've made me laugh everyday with your sense of humor, and I will cherish those memories.

All the best to you in your new endeavors. I know we will remain good friends. You are one in a million, and I will miss you!

The following is a news release announcing Marcu's departure, and Harding's return to 11 News:

KKTV 11 News Morning Anchor Jeff Marcu is leaving after nearly eight years at the station, News Director Nick Matesi announced today. Marcu’s last day on-air will be Wednesday, November 28th.

John Harding, who worked as morning anchor for 11 News in the late ‘90’s, will return to the station beginning Thursday, November 29th.

“We hate to see Jeff go. He’s been an incredible asset to the station and to Southern Colorado,” Matesi said.

Marcu won numerous awards during his tenure at 11 News, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards. He also received a commendation from the Colorado State Senate for his reporting on tenant-landlord issues and won praise for groundbreaking investigate reporting.

Marcu is leaving to concentrate on a number of outside interests. “I started a couple of businesses while at KKTV, and want to spend more time focusing on those. Because I’m still very passionate about journalism, I’m fortunate to be able to continue to work with KKTV on a freelance basis when my schedule permits.”

“It’s been an amazing seven plus years working with some of the best people in television including my co-anchors, the morning crew, management, and what I believe to be the best television station in town,” Marcu added. “I want to truly thank the viewers out there who’ve been gracious enough to allow me into their homes each day for the past seven years,” Marcu said.

Matesi said Marcu will likely be back on the air at KKTV in the future in a fill-in capacity.

Harding will be starting right away. He worked with 11 News Morning Anchor Kimberly Price and from 1997-1999, and left for television stints in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tampa, Florida.

“This is home for me and my family. We’ve been all over the country, and this is home to us. It’s where we want to be,” said Harding, adding, “I’m just tickled to be back, and thrilled to be back working with one of my best friends, Kimberly Price. It’s great to be coming back to KKTV at a time when we are going to the next level.”

Harding joins co-anchor Kimberly Price, Meteorologist Branden Borremans, traffic reporter James Brown, and reporter Stephanie Ross for 11 News This Morning.