6abc Action News reporter Dann Cuellar retires after 34 years covering the Philadelphia area

PHILADELPHIA — Action News reporter Dann Cuellar is retiring after three decades of bringing breaking news and information to the Delaware Valley.

Dann joined 6abc in 1988.

He became a mainstay of Action News at 11 p.m. with Jim Gardner.

Throughout his 34 years, Dann has reported on local and major news events, including the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Columbine High School massacre, the siege of Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing.

10 years since 9/11

Bombing in Oklahoma City

Dann has also traveled the world, reporting on our troops in Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

the gulf war

He also covered severe weather events, from snowstorms to heat waves to hurricanes.

Snow in 1996

Hurricane Maria

He was there for all of our favorite sporting moments over the past three decades – including the Phillies’ 2008 World Series championship and the Eagles’ winning Super Bowl LII.

Super Bowl celebrations

And Dann also became synonymous with Thanksgiving Eve when he previewed 6abc’s Holiday Parade – dubbed “ExtravaDannza!”

Here are a few over the years:

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2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Before signing, Dann wanted to share this message with you:

To our Action News viewers:

It is with great pride to have been invited to your home to report on the news of the past three decades. I don’t think I could ever fully grasp what an honor it has been. I had a terrific run here at Action News. I really have. With my colleagues, we have traveled the world to report on the major events of our time, such as being there to witness the bravery of our troops on the battlefields of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bosnia.

The 9/11 attacks in New York, the Columbine massacre, the siege of Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, Katrina and other hurricanes across the United States and so many other significant events, more recently, the horrific Covid-19 pandemic.

But also capturing stories of courage and heroism, including so many others that touched our hearts and gave us hope for the future. And sometimes even fun like when the Eagles won the Super Bowl and the Phillies won the World Series…and of course, our annual Thanksgiving Parade preview.

I am deeply honored to have worked with amazing colleagues at 6abc WPVI-TV.

But now, after more than 34 years at Action News, it’s time to move on.

It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

There are so many things I want to do. First and foremost, for the next few months, I will be with my family, the people I love the most, and those who have made my career come to fruition.

I plan trips and things I wanted to do.

Ultimately, I would like to teach television and digital journalism at a local university. Do charitable works in our communities. Maybe a consultancy job and maybe even write a book or two.

But in this moment, I want to say thank you for watching over the decades and giving me the opportunity to spend time together and share so many events of our time. It was an honor and a pleasure.

May we have left the world a better place than we found it.

God bless you!

-Dann