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Grace Lee Leaving KPIX for Hawaii

Grace Lee, reporter for San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX, is headed back to Hawaii, according Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman.

Lee came to KPIX from Hawaii’s KGMB and, according to Lieberman, started at KPIX under the premise she would anchor.

When Lee was hired at CBS5, she believed she was promised an anchor job, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of the story.  Lee co-anchored the morning show for a time and was then made the station’s political reporter.

Lieberman said Lee is returning to an undisclosed station in Hawaii. TVSpy has reached out to KPIX to confirm the report but has not yet heard back.

Ben Williams, One of Nation’s First African-American Reporters, Dead at 85

Ben Williams, retired reporter for the San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX, has died.

Williams was one of the first African-American reporters and spent his entire on-air career at KPIX before retiring in the 1980s.  He got his start in print, writing for the San Francisco Examiner, before moving to television.

Williams’ daughter-in-law told KPIX he died Monday.  He was 85.

Dana King Leaving KPIX to Pursue New Career

Dana King, anchor for San Francisco CBS O&O KPIX, has announced she will be stepping down from the anchor desk.

“I am leaving the business to build my next life as an artist,” said King. “In order to do it right, I am making a commitment that requires a choice between continuing an already amazing career and starting a brand new one. KPIX has been my second home.  I will miss it all more than you know.”

King, who has worked at KPIX for the last 15 years, began working towards a a Master’s Degree in classical sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University a few years ago.

She was known for boldly allowing her hair to go gray, something not seen among anchors. At the time, King said, “For me, it was a decision about matching my looks with my experience”  You can watch a story she did about the subject after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: KPIX News Photographer Beaten and Robbed of His Camera

Greg Welk, a news photographer for the San Francisco CBS O&O KPIX was beaten and had his camera stolen by a group of young men Wednesday.

In the video above, you can see reporter Anne Makovec wrapping up a noon live shot on the passage of California’s Proposition 30 at Oakland Technical High School when Welk’s camera abruptly tilts down showing the ground.  According to the station, right at that moment, “an unknown number of men rushed up, punched Welk and grabbed his camera.”

Welk suffered minor injuries while Makovec was unhurt.

Oakland has not been kind to the media lately.  According to the Contra Costa Times, this is the eighth such incident since April.  Journalists from the Oakland Tribune, FOX affiliate KTVU and NBC owned station KNTV have had laptops, cameras and tripods stolen, sometimes at gunpoint.

[Contra Costa Times]

KPIX News Van Involved in Police Chase

KPIX didn’t have too far to travel to find the aftermath of a high speed police chase through the streets of San Francisco when one of its news vans was sideswiped by the SUV the alleged thieves were driving.

The CBS O&O’s 6 p.m. anchors Allen Martin and Dana King tossed to reporter Joe Vazquez who was live on the scene minutes after the pursuit’s dramatic ending.  You can watch the video of the report after the jump.

The scene unfolded when a man stole a woman’s backpack containing an iPad around 5 p.m.  The suspect jumped into a silver Mercedes SUV but not before drawing the attention of dozens of witnesses who called police according to the San Francisco Chronicle who said,

The robbers didn’t help their cause by sideswiping a KPIX van as they tried to get away. The TV crew notified their assignment desk, and colleagues were quickly on the way, a CBS staffer said. The news crew had been preparing to cover a community safety meeting with police officials and city supervisors at the Bean There cafe on Steiner Street that, as the invitation indicated, was convened “in light of a recent string of cell-phone muggings and criminal activity.”

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CBS Appoints New GMs in San Francisco and Chicago: Bruno Cohen to KPIX, Marty Wilke to WBBM

CBS announced two new general managers at its O&Os this morning: Bruno Cohen (pictured) will join KPIX in San Francisco, and Marty Wilke will join WBBM in Chicago.

Cohen replaces Ron Longinotti, whose departure was first reported yesterday by San Francisco media blogger Rich Leiberman. In a statement, CBS said Longinotti is “leaving the company to pursue other endeavors.”

Cohen has been the general manager at WBBM since 2008. He is a Bay Area native who was president and general manager of KOVR-KMAX, the CBS duopoly in Sacramento, for three years before moving to Chicago. In his new role, he will also oversee CBS-owned CW affiliates KBCW in San Francisco and KSTW in Seattle. Read more

After 22 Years at KRON, Sports Anchor Vern Glenn Starts Work at Rival KPIX

Vern Glenn, who has spent the past 22 and a half years at KRON, is starting work at Bay Area rival KPIX this week.

Nicknamed “Mr. Involvement” because of his penchant for throwing himself into the middle of his feature stories, Glenn will serve as weekend sports anchor and reporter at KPIX, the same role he recently held at KRON.

KPIX, a CBS O&O, was able to give Glenn a three-year contract, which KRON was unable to offer.

After they wrapped up coverage of the U.S. Open, which took place in the Bay Area over the weekend, Glenn joined Gary Radnich, his longtime sports partner at KRON, for a send-off (video inside). Read more

Court Rules That KPIX Did Not Target Older Reporters for Layoffs

An appeals court in San Francisco today ruled in favor of KPIX in the station’s long-simmering legal battle with two former reporters.

After having their age discrimination lawsuit against the CBS O&O dismissed at the beginning of last year, Bill Schechner and John Lobertini have continued to fight, but their case suffered a significant blow as the appeals court concluded that the pair of former KPIX reporters failed to show enough evidence that the station singled out their age as the reason for laying them off in 2008. Read more

KPIX Lands Exclusive Jailhouse Interview With Accused Gunman in Oakland Massacre

One L. Goh, the man accused of killing seven people at Oikos University last week, gave an exclusive interview to KPIX, the CBS O&O in San Francisco.

In an interview with KPIX reporter Juliette Goodrich at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA, Goh said he is “deeply sorry,” acknowledging that “doesn’t bring anybody back.”

“I have a lawyer, and I have told him everything,” Goh said. “He advised me not to talk, but I am sorry.” Video inside… Read more

‘Trailblazer’ Belva Davis to Retire From KQED After Presidential Election

KQED anchor Belva Davis will retire this fall after nearly half a century on the air in San Francisco, she announced yesterday.

Davis, the winner of eight Emmys, has anchored at CBS O&O KPIX and MyNetworkTV-affiliate KRON in addition to KQED, the Bay Area public television station. The San Francisco Chronicle calls her “an icon of Bay Area journalism.”

“I have enjoyed a unique and long career here in the Bay Area and have been witness to some of the most explosive stories in the last half century,” Davis said in a statement. “I began my career with the coverage of the 1964 elections, and I’m thrilled that I will be devoting my last months on the air to the elections of 2012.”

For the past 14 years, Davis has been host of “This Week in Northern California,” KQED’s public affairs show. Her final broadcast will be November 9. Read more

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