Longtime KTVU Reporter Bob MacKenzie Dies

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Longtime KTVU reporter Bob MacKenzie, who endeared himself to Bay Area viewers with his deft touch for storytelling, died on Thursday following a long battle with cancer.  He was 75.

MacKenzie joined KTVU in 1978 and spent more than three decades working as a feature reporter for the station, where he won 13 local Emmys and dozens of other awards.

“For more than 30 years, Bob’s stories graced KTVU’s newscasts and stood out like gems,” said KTVU news director Ed Chapuis. “His writing was witty and masterful. His expert use of words, paired with natural sound and moving images, evoked a sense of great artistry as much as great journalism.”

“When Bob told his stories, you felt like you were on the edge of your seat,” added Tom Raponi, KTVU’s vice president and general manager.  “He was one of a kind.”

KTVU has a retrospective video here.