Longtime news director Marselis Parsons will step away from the anchor desk for the final time on Thursday, October 15th. After 43 years of telling stories and reporting the news, Parsons will retire, ending four decades at WCAX-TV. WCAX which is family-owned and operated, is credited with coining the phrase “Vermont’s own,” and is widely known as Vermont’s broadcast news leader.“It’s been an honor to be allowed into so many homes every evening,” said Parsons, who is concluding 25 years as the 6 pm anchor. As part of his job as news anchor, Parsons’ outreach to the public and the Vermont’s leaders has been continuous and extensive.Leading up to his final show, Marselis will share some of his favorite stories from over the years.“Vermont has seen a great deal of news, and change, over four decades. Parsons has been the first to deliver to countless people information about tragedies and victories, fortune and ruin. We are looking forward to seeing Parsons’ picks,” said Anson Tebbetts who replaces Parsons as News Director.Parsons will still be part of the news team, occasionally contributing stories as a field reporter. Veteran reporter Darren Perron will take over Parsons’ duties in the anchor chair. Perron will co-anchor the 6, 10 and 11 pm news with Kristin Kelly.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.