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San Francisco Reporter Buys $600 Worth of Pot. For a Story.

KPIX reporter Mike Sugerman said he recently had bacteria in his aorta. In addition to the array of drugs he was prescribed, Sugerman was given medical marijuana.

His experience with the varying degrees of the quality of that pot prompted the reporter for the CBS owned San Francisco station to do a sweeps story on the regulation of the medical marijuana industry in California. He went to 12 different pot dispensaries in San Francisco and Oakland to test their wares.

Of course, to expense the $600 in pot he bought, he had to get those pesky expense reports signed by his bosses at the San Francisco CBS owned station.

“They [the bosses] actually were cool with it,” Sugerman said on the station website. “It turned out to be a great story and I think one that will really resonate in the community. We’re flying blind here. And it’s medicine.”

The big question several of Sugerman’s colleagues asked was what happened to the $600 in marijuana after the testing. Sugerman confirms, “The laboratory kept everything.”

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San Francisco Stations Break in Early Sunday After Earthquake

sf bay equake stationsResidents in the San Francisco Bay Area are cleaning up and assessing the damage today after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region just south of Napa at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It was the largest shaker since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989.

The local stations broke in early, starting continuing coverage by getting viewers up to date on what happened. Most of the stations started with quick phoners with local residents and reporters living nearest the epicenter. Later in the morning, live shots and video started coming in showing the mess caused by the quake.

First with anchors on the air was ABC owned KGO which started running a crawl at 4:00 a.m. over infomercials, until Matt Keller broke in at 4:22 a.m. He was later joined by Kristen Sze and Cheryl Jennnings.

NBC owned station KNTV came on next at 4:33 a.m. Sam Brock tossed to a phoner with meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talking about the quake and expected damage.

CBS owned KPIX was first with a crawl, starting it about 15 minutes after the quake reportedly hit. At 4:40 a.m., anchor Anne Makovec could be seen on air, but not heard. The station came back a few minutes later with the problem fixed. At 5:00 a.m. the station took the network’s coverage anchored by Don Dahler, but broke back in with local coverage a little more than a minute later. Makovec was later joined on set by meteorologist Paul Deanno.

Newly owned FOX station KTVU, had an early start to its Mornings on 2 show. The station broke in at 5:00 a.m. with Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach in the studio. They were joined by meteorologist Mark Tamayo.

Pioneering TV Reporter Belva Davis: ‘There’s still a lot of good journalism out there.’

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Belva Davis made her TV debut in 1963, when she covered a black beauty pageant. She later made history as the first female African-American television reporter on the West Coast when she was hired in 1966 by KPIX in San Francisco. She stayed at the station for 30 years and later became an anchorwoman in 1970.

Davis hosted “This Week in Northern California” for more than 19 years and has been honored with seven Emmys. It’s safe to say that Davis is a bona fide pioneer and has paved the way for the multiculturalism we see in the media today. Here, she shares her keys to success for journalists, particularly women of color, today:

I used to always answer, ‘Work as hard as I did,’ but I realize you have to work harder. Black women have made progress since I started [in journalism], but you can’t go into it wanting to be a movie star. You can get by and make a living. But if you only prepare yourself to do the minute and 30 seconds they give you to do a story and didn’t get the background so that it could be the best that could possibly happen, it would be difficult to contribute to journalistic knowledge. I see in so many young women an obligation to broaden the storyline. That means there’s still a lot of good journalism out there.

For more from Davis, including what it was like to make her on air-debut, read: So What Do You Do, Belva Davis, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist, TV Host and Author?

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Only two of the stations in the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland market are in San Francisco. ABC owned KGO and CBS owned KPIX are actually about a block away from one another. FOX affiliate KTVU is across the bay in Oakland while NBC owned station KNTV is about an hour south in San Jose.

Despite their geographical differences, the stations pretty much covered the same range of stories with only a few variations.

Here’s what they covered in the first five minutes:

KPIX Names Veronica De La Cruz Evening Anchor

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX has announced Veronica De La Cruz as co-anchor for its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast.

“Veronica is the best kind of broadcast news anchor – a passionate journalist dedicated to reporting the news with insight, accuracy and balance. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team at KPIX 5” KPIX VP and news director Dan Rosenheim said in a statement.

De La Cruz, who will anchor alongside Ken Bastida, comes to KPIX from MSNBC where she was a host of First Look and NBC’s Early Today Show. She starts Monday, May 5.

Former San Francisco Anchor Running for Seat on Oakland City Council

dana-king_bio-headDana King, recently retired anchor for CBS owned station KPIX, has announced she’s running for a seat on the Oakland City Council.

“I don’t come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism,” King told the Oakland Tribune. “I’ve spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that’s pretty good training of what’s required of a city council member.”

King quit KIPX to become a full-time artist last year. She moved to Oakland in 2012 and said she started thinking about running for office after hearing council member Patricia Kernighan wasn’t running for re-election.

“I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community,” she said.

King said she will finalize her platform after meeting with district residents. Key issues will include police staffing, quality of life concerns such as tagging, and affordable development. “We have to recognize the historical aspect of this community and make sure that the people who spend their lives here don’t get pushed out,” she said.

News Director Bill Payer Out at WIAT

wiat logoNews director Bill Payer is out at Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT. Payer announced his departure in an email to station staffers Wednesday:

 I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your part in was has been an seven of the most gratifying years of my professional life….today, ironically, was the last day of the seventh year.

I regret I did not have the opportunity to express this in person but I truly appreciate the effort, the dedication and the professionalism you all have exhibited over those seven years.  I can only hope I was as supportive of your efforts as I wanted to be.  I know at times it seemed like I was never satisfied, but that’s only because there was so much more potential in each of you.

Payer has been the news director at WIAT since 2006. He has previously worked as news director for WKBW in Buffalo and as assistant news director at KPIX in San Francisco.

KGO Crew Robbed at Gunpoint in Oakland

A KGO crew was robbed at gunpoint of camera equipment in West Oakland Friday afternoon. The San Francisco Chronicle has details of the incident, which occurred despite the fact that the crew was accompanied by a security guard:

The crew and security guard were on the 2700 block of Chestnut Street when they were robbed shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday by three men, at least one of whom had a gun, police said.

The robbers fled with camera equipment. None of the robbery victims was injured.

The incident is the latest in a string of Bay Area incidents targeting the media. A KPIX photographer was beaten and robbed of his camera last year, and thieves stole personal items from a KGO news van in May. Both incidents occurred in Oakland.

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

Ryan Takeo Headed to KPIX

Ryan Takeo will be joining San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX.

Takeo announced the news via twitter saying, “LIFE CHANGE: I’m excited to officially announce I’m headed to @CBSSF! I start next month. Pinch me.”

Currently, Takeo reports for WOOD in Grand Rapids, MI. He has worked at the station since July 2010. Before coming to WOOD he was a reporter, anchor and producer for KOMU in Columbia, MO.

A spokesperson for KPIX told TVSpy Takeo will start June 10.

[FTVLive]

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