Kit Steinkellner
December 02, 2015 6:07 am

If you are a child of the ’90s (and your household shelled out for cable TV) you were a fan of Clarissa Explains it All, Legends of the Hidden Temple and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Old school Nickelodeon excelled at entertaining us, but it also made a point of educating us with the always engaging and enlightening Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.  

A lot has happened on Nickelodeon in the past few decades. The old cast of All That was replaced by the new cast of All That, Spongebob Squarepants became a thing as did Ariana Grande, but what has remained constant is Linda Ellerbee giving the minds of tomorrow the news they needed to become thoughtful and informed adults with Nick News. All good things must come to an end, however, and Ellerbee, 71, has recently announced that she will be retiring from Nick News, after 25 years with the program (the longest running children’s news program in TV history), and after a career in TV news that has spanned 44 years.

As USA Today reports, Ellerbee started her career in journalism with the Associated Press, later hosting segments for the Today show and Good Morning America. In the early ’90s, Nickelodeon asked Ellerbee to produce a show explaining conflict in the Middle East to their young viewers. She went on to produce two and a half decades of news for Nickelodeon, winning multiple Emmys for covering events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, as well as focusing on tough issues that directly affect children, like minors living with alcoholic guardians and pediatric cancer.

Nickelodeon intends to send Ellerbee off with style. On December 15th, the network will be airing the final edition of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: “Hello, I Must Be Going!” which will serve as an hour-long retrospective of the series.

And what does Ellerbee have to say in the wake of her send-off announcement?

“I’m a lucky woman,” she said, according to Variety. “I saw the world, met many of the world’s most interesting people and was well paid to do so. Now I choose to go, and I go smiling. I’ve had a great time. And thank you for asking, but, no, I don’t intend to mellow.”

WE’RE the ones who feel lucky for having a voice like Ellerbee shape our minds. We’ll be watching the last ep on December 15th and we won’t be crying at all, JK, we will be crying buckets and buckets. Thank you Ellerbee, for spending 25 years helping children understand the complicated and confusing world around them.

Meanwhile, let’s take a stroll down memory lane with this amazing Nick News segment from 1993.

(Image via Nickelodeon/YouTube)

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