Tributes are pouring in after it was announced this week that Lloyd LaCuesta, South Bay bureau chief for San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2 (pictured), will be retiring after 36 years on the local beat. Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, marvels at the reporter’s stamina in the face of gruesome homicides and record-setting weather disturbances:
I’ve briefly worked one of those general assignment crime-mayhem-apocalyptic weather beats, and they’re like dog years. Really, the press releases should say Lloyd is retiring after 252 years on the job. So all hail Lloyd LaCuesta, breaking news juggernaut of the Bay Area.
Hartlaub reprints an interview he did with LaCuesta in 2010 and also has a great suggestion as to how the KTVU journo might officially say goodbye on June 10. He thinks LaCuesta should be allowed to switch places with his anchorman and comfortably watch as Frank Sommerville hot-foots it to one or more chaotic reporting locations around town.
Let’s hope KTVU considers Hartlaub’s suggestion. LaCuesta’s many other career accomplishments include a stint as the first president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
[Photo courtesy ktvu.com]