Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Stan Chambers

Stan Chambers has reported more than 20,000 stories, every one for KTLA in Los Angeles. Beginning his career in 1947, he started reporting for television when there were barely 300 TV sets in Los Angeles, only half of them working at any one time. Over the following six decades, he covered natural disasters, riots, elections, and more; he covered the night in 1949 when four-year-old Kathy Fiscus stumbled into a well and was not recovered alive. He was on the scene to report heartbreaking, high profile stories from the Robert Kennedy assassination, the Frank Sinatra, Jr. kidnapping, the Manson family murder to Sharon Tate and the case of the Hillside Strangler. And he broke the monumental Rodney King beating story when amateur photographer George Holiday handed over his tape to him. He's covered almost every Rose Parade since 1949. He's got a star on the Walk of Fame, and a building on the Tribune lot in Hollywood bears his name. Stan was honored last weekend by the Society of Professional Journalists, and we were very proud to have the opportunity to present him with a certificate of commendation in council beforehand. Congratulations, Stan!