From Golden Gate Reporter to Golden Gate Spokesperson

Priya David Clemens’ first assignment for KTVU-TV in San Francisco led her to interview Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokesperson Mary Currie. Nine years later, Clemens has improbably taken over for Currie, who retired in April.

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From a Marin Independent Journal report by Mark Prado:

Clemens worked at KTVU between 2005 and 2008. She then worked as a CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for CBS Evening News and The Early Show, and filling in as a weekend news anchor. From there she worked as an anchor for KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Clemens lives in Alameda, is married and has two young children.

Clemens will have several high-profile issues to address at the span. In January, a median traffic barrier will be placed on the bridge. Because the barrier needs to be assembled on the span, the bridge will have to be closed for up to 52 hours beginning January 10.

We imagine that when that tricky winter PR time arrives, Clemens will think back to (and be sure to avoid) Chris Christie-style communication potholes. Her new salary is both public knowledge and impressive: she will earn $115,000 a year.

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