AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jim Swift, the KXAN reporter who has covered Austin longer than anyone working in TV news, was honored by the City Council on Thursday with a day dedicated to him.
The honor comes as Swift prepares to retire from KXAN, where he has worked and told stories since 1977. A collection of his reports over the years has been airing for the past few months for what the station is calling the "Summer of Swift."
Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed Friday, Sept. 27, as "Jim Swift Day" in Austin. That's the day Swift says goodbye to TV news.
Swift's long-running series, "On the Porch," Leffingwell said. "defined human-interest reporting." The mayor went on to describe Swift as one of the city's top storytellers.
"He's really put a lot of spirit back into our community," Leffingwell said, adding that Swift's reports otten helped Austin live up to its "weird" reputation.
Swift, standing along side his wife, Katy Nail, accepted the proclamation by accepting the "storyteller" description -- with one caveat.
"What I am is more of a facilitator," he said. "I help other people tell their stories."
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