KSTP's Jason Davis on road to retirement


KSTP's globe-trotting Jason Davis, whose travels took him from the North Pole to the equator and 35 countries during a journalism career that spanned decades, is saying a final bon voyage this month.

Davis is retiring May 30 after 45 years in the news business, 38 of which he spent at KSTP. He won widespread acclaim for his "On the Road" segments.

KSTP is highlighting Davis' career this week during its 10 p.m. newscasts. The station has collected a number of fitting tributes to the award-winning Minnesota broadcaster, including his most memorable moments – culled from more than 5,000 stories over the years, plus his favorite foods from his travels. There's also a feature about Davis' home life – KSTP spent some time with his family.

“I’m most proud of creating a franchise that is something people enjoy, is successful, and touches people emotionally,” Davis said when he announced his retirement in December. “There are thousands of stories that we’ve told, and that’s a legacy that won’t go away."

Davis, a London native, was a British merchant seaman as a teenager and began his television news career in Australia in 1968, according to his bio.

BringMeTheNews Founder and CEO Rick Kupchella interviewed Davis at a Smile Network event last year.

“It’s been an amazing life,” Davis told Kupchella. "I'm in awe of how lucky I've been."

Davis said of the thousands of stories he's covered over his broadcasting career, a story about an elderly couple from Wabasha, Minnesota, is the one he loves most.

Davis, 74, says he plans to continue traveling, with his wife rather than a photographer. He said he has mixed emotions as he departs on an adventure into retirement.

"It's interesting," Davis told the Pioneer Press. "You can't really describe it or imagine it. It's exciting and scary. I'm going to get my last paycheck on the 30th of May and I'm never going to get another one. I'll be unemployed, and you always wonder if you've got enough to get by."

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