San Diego’s Consumer Bob to Retire After More Than 30 Years

By Kevin Eck 

San Diego investigative reporter Bob Hansen is retiring from NBC-owned station KNSD on Thursday.

“I’m turning 68 in January,” Hansen told the Times of San Diego. “I love my job, but I believe it’s time to move on. I’m feeling a mixture of both anxiety and excitement.”

Hansen, known as Consumer Bob, started working in at KFMB in San Diego in 1990 and moved to KNSD in 2002. He started his career as a copyboy for the Houston Chronicle and later worked for National Public Radio.


He’s been easing off his schedule over the past year. During contract talks, he asked to work four days a week for six months, then three days a week for the next six months.

“In 2020, I requested a one-year contract when I normally sign three-year deals,” said Hansen. “I wanted to ease into retirement and management was receptive to the idea. The pandemic had resulted in lost revenue so they were more than happy to save some money on another employee salary.”