After a 26 year career at NBC 10, Vai Sikahema is set to retire in November.
Vai is well known for his sports reporting, anchoring duties and also for playing special teams on the Eagles in the early 90’s. In his career at NBC 10, he traveled the world covering the Olympics, hosted a weekly segment helping children to become adopted and holds the distinction of being the newsroom’s most senior personality.
Philly Voice reports,
The Tonga native got his journalism education at Brigham Young University. He was drafted as a running back in 1986 by the former St. Louis Cardinals (now in Arizona) and became the first Tongan to play in the NFL. His career spanned eight seasons between the Cardinals, Packers and Eagles, including two Pro Bowl selections.
NBC 10 will definitely miss Vai,
“After more than 25 years, beloved NBC10 news anchor Vai Sikahema has decided to retire from our station at the end of 2020. Vai has been a staple at our station for over a quarter of a century. Vai started as a weekend Sports anchor, then moved to News anchor and host of Wednesday’s Child. We will miss his presence on the anchor desk and in the newsroom. We congratulate Vai for his many years of service to our team and his commitment to our community. We look forward to celebrating Vai and his many accomplishments with our NBC10 family.” – Station Spokesperson
On a personal level, I worked at NBC 10 for almost 10 years and I can easily say that Vai is one of the most gracious people you may ever meet.
Congratulations! I hope you can punch some goal posts in retirement!