Legendary Los Angeles anchorman Hal Fishman died today. Fishman, who would have turned 76 on August 26, suffered from colon and liver cancer. Fishman had anchored KTLA’s 10pm newscast since 1975. He joined the station in 1965, and contributed to the station’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Watts riots that year.
KTLA’s newsroom was named in Fishman’s honor in 2000.
>From an LA emailer: “I can’t think of another local news anchor anywhere I’ve lived who has had such a strong connection to his audience and city. Watching him when I go home is like catching up with an old friend.”