Rollin Post, Former San Francisco Political Reporter, Dies at 81

By Merrill Knox 

Rollin Post, who spent 40 years as a political reporter in San Francisco, died yesterday at his home in Marin County. He was 81.

Post began his television career as a morning producer and assignment editor for KPIX, the CBS O&O in San Francisco, in 1961. He was also a political reporter for KQED, the PBS station in the market, before eventually settling at KRON, where he spent 20 years.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Post played “an integral role” in helping Belva Davis, his broadcast partner, become the first black woman on television in California. “He never talked about the roadblocks that he had to remove, most of them based on race and gender,” Davis told the Times. “It was only possible to get the kind of inside stuff I did because of his willingness to share. He was an absolutely marvelous partner.”