Rust, 70, is known for saving copious amounts of CNN-related memorabilia at his Atlanta home and two storage units. He had just finished putting together an historical display at the new Hudson Yards CNN headquarters in Manhattan.
“They liked it so much,” he added, “that they now want to put together a similar display in Atlanta.”
He plans to continue after retirement to work on the collection and help with public displays: “I’m really happy the memorabilia will be seen by the public.”
According to a Columbia Journalism Review profile of Rust last year, he owns CNN's first microwave truck, the cable that allowed CNN to stay on air during the start of the Gulf War in 1991, a camera used during the trial of Saddam Hussein and a script from the 9/11 broadcast, to name a few.
His final day at work will be June 30.
Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director at Atlanta-based CNN International, also announced he is taking the buyout. He joined CNN 21 years ago.
CNN launched in Atlanta June 1, 1980.