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ABC7 Photographer Artie Williams III Dies

ABC7 photographer Artie Williams III died on Saturday while diving in the waters off Catalina Island.

Williams, who would have turned 60 on Sunday, was beloved by his peers. The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists released the following statement:

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of veteran ABC 7 cameraman Artie Williams III, who died over the weekend while diving off of Catalina Island. Williams was described by his colleagues as a “real prince of a guy” with a huge heart. He was known for providing a helping hand to other photographers, reporters and interns. His was always a friendly face to see out in the field. “The journalism community in Los Angeles has lost a talented person who was a friend and mentor to many,” SPJ/LA President Alice Walton said . “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Artie’s ABC7 colleagues and his family. He will be sorely missed.”

The cause of death is not yet known.

[H/T Ron Olsen]

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Former ABC7 Anchor Bob Banfield Dies at 82

Former ABC7 Inland Empire bureau chief Bob Banfield died on Thursday from cancer at the age of 82.

Banfield, who retired in May 2010, spent 43 years at ABC7. In 1980, Banfield was assigned to the Inland Empire Bureau where he spent the last 30 years of his professional career.

“I prefer it here and I knew that I would be a little more comfortable because I always found the big city intimidating a little bit, it frightened me a little bit. For some reason, I don’t know, the small-town kid never got over that,” said Banfield on the Inland Empire.

A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Banfield was a junior announcer at WOHI. Following a stop at WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, Banfield would join the ABC7 staff on May 26, 1967.

‘Like’ ABC7 and $1 is Donated to Spark of Love

It’s not often I’ll plug a local promotion, but this one is too good to pass up.

If you “Like” ABC7 on Facebook, $1 will be donated to the Spark of Love Toy Drive, which collects new, unwrapped toys for underserved children in Los Angeles.

Spark of Love collected over 500,00 toys last year for the holidays.

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