One of the premiere street reporters for more than 35 years, Lou Young leaves WCBS/Channel 2. The station giving a send-off to the popular broadcast journalist, complete with a cake and champagne.
“It made me feel very loved,” Young says.
Call it retirement if you like, but Young has another idea.
“I’m taking a break and it was the perfect time to do it,” Young tells Tuned In.
However, he’s in no rush to resume his career, saying he’s fully decompressing without even watch the news.
“Somebody told me that you don’t know what you’re going to feel like until you walk through the door. I’ve just walked through the door,” Young says . “I need to spend a little time and I’ll figure it out.”
Young worked at the “Big 3” local stations, starting with nine years at WABC/Channel 7 from 1981 to 1990. He moved to WNBC until 1994, before his 23-year stint at WCBS.
“I want to spend some time with my parents,” Young says.
A multiple Emmy Award winner, Young covered some of biggest stories at WCBS, including the search for Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and, of course 9/11.
“As jobs go, it’s terrific,” Young says.
His retirement was expedited by the sudden death of longtime friend and colleague John Slattery in 2014.
“You keep putting stuff off because, in the back of your mind, you think you’re going to live forever. But you’re not going to live forever,” Young admits. “You’re not going to get to any of this stuff unless you get out and do it. And you can’t do it if you don’t have time. And you can’t have time if you’re working.”