Rita Williams, longtime reporter for KTVU, has retired from the Oakland, CA, FOX affiliate after 35 years at the station.

Williams, who called herself “the first broadcast broad,” was honored by the station with multiple on-air stories and a web page looking back at her career on its website,

She has been a TV street reporter with the kind of tenacity and determination to ask the kind of gutsy questions that most of her colleagues steer clear of. Her competition has scrambled after her time and again, leaving them to wonder how the heck she scooped them.

“I’ve had police officers tell me, ‘I want you to do my story if I ever mess up.’” Williams said in an on-air feature about her retirement. “And I’d say, ‘Why you think I’m soft or something?’ And they said, ‘No. You’re the toughest reporter we know. But you’re fair.’” Read more