Longtime L.A. Reporter Retiring from KTTV

By Kevin Eck 

Tony Valdez has worked at Los Angeles Fox-owned station KTTV for 35 years. Today, he’s announced his retirement.

Before joining KTTV in 1981, he worked as a writer, producer and reporter for KTLA and KCET in Los Angeles. He’s also worked for La Opinion and the Los Angeles Herald-Express.

“We want to thank Tony for his many years of service to KTTV,” said KTTV GM Bob Cook. “He has been a valued member of our team and wish him the best in his retirement.”

In 2012, the LA City Council honored Valdez for 30 years at KTTV. The station plans a big goodbye on tonight’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Over the past 35 years here at KTTV Fox 11, I have seen dramatic changes in the way television delivers news,” said Valdez. “In terms of technology, we have gone from 16mm film to cutting edge digital media. More significantly, the people who deliver the news at Fox 11 reflect the diversity of Southern California. It was not always this way at other television stations in Los Angeles, but Fox 11 has always been at the forefront of change. I am proud to have been part of it. As a journalist, social issues have always been my beat and I am grateful for the decades of encouragement and support Fox has given me on “Midday Sunday” and “L.A.’s Most Wanted. As I leave Fox 11, I am thinking about what a privilege it has been to interview people who had important stories to tell. I look forward now to having more time for stories and discoveries with my family and friends.”