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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.

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SPJ’s Distinguished Journalist Award Winners Announced

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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has picked six winners of SPJ’s Distinguished Journalist Award:

Beth Barrett, Daily News
Barrett was the first to report on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s affair with former Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.

Bob Banfield, KABC-TV
Joined KABC-TV in 1967, works in the Inland Empire bureau.

John Rabe, KPCC
After hosting All Things Considered and reporting on health care and housing issues, Rabe now hosts his own show, Off-Ramp, a weekly program about news, arts and life in Southern California.

Tom Tugend, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and West Coast correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York.

Scott Glover and Matt Lait, L.A. Times (Freedom of Information Award)

Lait is now legal affairs editor overseeing coverage of courts and police, and Glover is an investigative reporter in the city-county bureau.

to honor at its banquet next April.