Bay Area’s Everyman Anchor Passes Away

By Andrew Gauthier 

San Francisco Chronicle

Dave McElhatton, the veteran Bay Area broadcaster known for his easygoing manner, wry sense of humor and steady professionalism, died Monday from a stroke-related illness, colleagues said. He was 81.

Mr. McElhatton spent his 50-year career in Bay Area media, split evenly between KCBS and KPIX, before retiring in 2000. His move from radio to television in 1975 was considered high-risk at the time, but Mr. McElhatton eventually became one of the most recognizable faces on local TV, bringing ratings success to the station while developing a special connection with viewers.

Longtime co-anchor Wendy Tokuda said Mr. McElhatton’s everyman persona wasn’t an act. More…

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