Fred Speer to Retire

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A long time journalist, public figure, and friend is stepping down.
WROK’s Fred Speer has already announced his retirement, set for Dec. 31.

After 44 years of chasing down the story, Fred Speer’s retirement in the most fitting place, the public safety building.

Over the years, Speer has led reporting on major stories, and captured the hearts and respect of several local leaders.

Speer was born and raised in Rockford, graduating from West High School, and Columbia College in Chicago.

After a brief radio job in Michigan, he returned home, and never left.

Pictures tell most of his story. From scrapping with other journalists to get the facts, to the occasional knap in between press conferences.

A radio personality hard to replace.