Longtime Los Angeles Journalist Retires After 48 Years

By Kevin Eck 

Adrienne Alpert, the reporter and host of KABC show Eyewitness Newsmakers, a half-hour weekly program talking about local issues in Los Angeles, is retiring after 48 years in the business.

Alpert has worked at the ABC-owned station for 25 years.

“A democracy depends on an informed, brilliant, prepared, hard-working and free press and for me you have embodied that here in Los Angeles and it has been a joy on the good and the bad days, the easy and the rough questions,” said L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti, who presented Alpert with a special recognition from the city. “It’s been great to be with you and an honor on your last show.”

“I’ve approached the interviews I’ve done here with questions I think you the viewers want asked,” said Alpert. “And I’ve enjoyed every minute of bringing you this program for the past 21 years.”

Alpert started her career in 1977 at KGTV in San Diego before joining KABC in 1996.