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Las Vegas broadcast icon Dave Courvoisier leaving KTNV

Updated June 29, 2022 - 3:42 pm

Saying, “Even encores have to end,” Dave Courvoisier announced on the air Tuesday he is stepping down from his anchor spot at KTNV Channel 13.

Wednesday, Courvoisier said his departure amounted to “a life decision.”

“I am the oldest guy on Las Vegas TV,” said Courvoisier, who turns 70 in November. “I’m still in very good shape, I have a lot I can do in life.”

Courvoisier’s final day on the air is July 22. He was two-thirds through a three-year contract that had a an annual “out” clause for either side. Courvoisier was hired in August 2020 by then-general manager Chris Way and news director Nancy Bauer Both of left the ABC affiliate June 1.

“The two people who brought me in were fired about three weeks ago, and that left me feeling a little empty, but that was not the reason I’m leaving,” Courvoisier said. “It was just time, for a lot of reasons. I have a home, and a wife who has been very patient.”

In his on-air message, Courvoisier also said the move was his choice, and he planned to return to his home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to be with his wife, Victoria.

Courvoisier returned to the Las Vegas broadcast airways in August 2020, anchoring weekdays at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. The respected, veteran journalist has spent nearly 30 years with Las Vegas affiliates. Prior to his stint at KTNV, Courvoisier most recently ended a 14-year run at KLAS Channel 8 in December 2017. He was with KSNV Channel 3 (then KVBC) for 13 years ending in 1998, with a five-year break out of the market splitting his time in Vegas.

Courvoisier is the second anchor to step down from Channel 13 in less than a week. Todd Quinones’s final day on the air was Friday. He and former KTNV anchor Yasmeen Hassan have launched the HCue media consulting company.

Courvoisier’s career spanned such major news events as Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, the Oct. 1 shootings and three Democratic National Conventions. He’s won multiple Emmy awards and has been a popular event host.

Courvoisier has also famously explored the entertainment industry. He played himself in the 1996 mob classic, “Casino.” The newsman has kept busy over the years with a voice-over business, and is planning to contact community colleges for instructor positions upon his return to Missouri.

“I’m hoping to do some teaching,” Courvoisier said. “I have a lot of experience. Hopefully someone will have a spot for me as an adjunct professor.”

In his latest, and likely last, departure from Vegas, Courvoisier hadn’t planned on a public announcement. As the newsman said, “I had hoped to be able to slip away without saying anything, but the station had other plans.”

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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