May 21, 2017
The anniversary spurred a series of congratulations and recognition from members of the broadcast news community both locally and nationally, including kind words (and a mustache jab) from Jimmy Kimmel.
In honor of Gardner’s work as Philadelphia’s perhaps most iconic local anchorperson, we’ve found a few memorable moments from the last four decades, including this moment a few years ago when he couldn’t pronounce the names of any of Kimmel’s guests:
To when he couldn’t stop laughing at his own awkwardness in pronouncing the names of rappers last fall:
See that same signature mustache (and Action News theme song) in action in this vintage promo:
Check out the amazing shooting star graphics in this 1983 news brief:
Gardner more recently interviewed M. Night Shyamalan about his foundation.
Forty years at a news desk also gave Gardner the chance to interview every U.S. president since the late 1970s, as well as presidential candidates. Here's a recent clip with Donald Trump.
Below you’ll find 6ABC’s official compilation to commemorate Gardner’s 40 years, including words from other media giants.