Skip to comments.KTLA anchor Hal Fishman dead at 75
Posted on 08/07/2007 8:37:31 AM PDT by kellynla
Hal Fishman, the multi-award-winning KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor who was a Los Angeles broadcasting fixture for nearly 50 years, died today, the station announced this morning. He was 75.
Fishman died at 3 a.m. at his home with his family, the station said. He was hospitalized with a serious infection after collapsing at his home Wednesday. On Friday, the station announced that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and that the disease had spread to his liver.
A broadcaster who began his television career in Los Angeles in 1960, Fishman had anchored his station's popular 10 p.m. newscast "KTLA Prime News" since 1975.
He covered major news stories in Southern California, including the Watts riots, the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the Sylmar and Northridge earthquakes and the Rodney G. King beating case. A onetime assistant professor of political science, he also served as the newscast's managing editor and commentator.
Fishman anchored his last broadcast on July 30.
"I think Hal is one of the last newsmen in this country that is extremely well-read and is so interested in informing the public about the truth," Rich Goldner, interim KTLA news director, told The Times on Friday. "He has been an anchor in this market for such a long time because he is so believable and has extreme integrity. He had a bond with the viewers and means so much to Southern California."
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He was an Anchor”man” and that’s scientific fact!
I still remember he (and Warren Wilson) covering the SLA shootout.
Damn, I grew up watching Hal...
In her ‘one woman show’, Lily Tomlin did a great monolog about how “I Love Lucy” was the one constant and the one thing she could depend on in her log chaotic life. Hal filled that roll for many of us.
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