Veteran Reporter Leaving KTVU

By Kevin Eck 

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John Fowler, veteran reporter for San Francisco Bay Area FOX owned station KTVU, is leaving the station after 40 years.

Fowler’s departure was first reported first by Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman. TVSpy hears he left to be with his wife. His last day is Friday.

Lieberman also reports two producers and the graphics department were cut. To circumvent any news of mass layoffs, FOX Television Stations hubbed the graphics departments at its owned stations in 2009. Now that KTVU is a FOX station, the responsibility for making graphics would go to the hub, making the station’s department redundant.

A FOX spokesperson wouldn’t comment about the departures, but did tell TVSpy the station has recently hired a sports ep, a noon newscast producer and Keba Arnold the new anchor for the station’s soon-to-be launched 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. shows.

Fowler, the health and science editor at the station, started there in 1975. According to his station bio, he started as a writer, assignment editor and producer before moving to reporting full time in 1978.

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