Jeff Klotzman has announced his retirement from FOX34 News, effective later this year.

Jeff has anchored the News at Nine and served as news director of Ramar Communications since the news division was launched in 2000. Jeff first became a fixture in South Plains homes covering weather, sports then news on KAMC in the 1980s. 

Klotzman's accomplished career also included stints in sales and marketing and even the early stages of computer-delivered news, working on the project in New York in the 1980s. But the majority of the past 40+ years has been in broadcast journalism. He served as news director of KAMC; WKOW-TV, Madison, WI; KXAN-TV, Austin; KGTV, San Diego and KNXV-TV, Phoenix, before returning to his hometown to teach at his alma mater Texas Tech. In 1999 he started with Ramar Communications, hosting a radio show on AM 950.

Not long later Jeff was working with the Moran family to plan, literally build from the ground up, and create an entirely new news outlet -- delivering Lubbock's only primetime newscast.

Ramar Communications President Brad Moran said "Jeff was the first hire at FOX34 News 20 years ago, he’s done an outstanding job. We wish him and Kim well in their next chapter."

Jeff was named Outstanding Alumni of the School of Mass Communications in 2002. Various educational, philanthropic and civic organizations have bestowed high honors upon Jeff for his decades-long dedication to the community. Among those, the Association for Women in Communications - Lubbock last year gave Jeff the Mary Ann Edwards Professional Communicator award. During the award presentation, which you can see here, Jeff said, "I have tried to live my career under the tenants of the AWC. Which is to be honest, to have high standards and to be ethical." The Lubbock Association of Fundraising Professionals named him outstanding volunteer in 2016.

As for what's next, Lubbock ISD announced Thursday Jeff, a Monterey High graduate, is the district's new executive director of communications and community relations.