Longtime Bay Area news anchor Wendy Tokuda announced yesterday on Gary Radnich’s KNBR radio show that she is leaving KRON 4 and joining KPIX CBS 5 on April 9. She will co-anchor “Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.” with Allen Martin.
“We are thrilled that Wendy is coming back to KPIX, her home for many years. She is a wonderful broadcast journalist” said CBS5 vp and news director Dan Rosenheim.
Tokuda began her broadcasting career at KING-TV Seattle as a secretary in public affairs and then as a news reporter. Next she worked at KPIX for 14 years as an anchor and reporter, co-anchoring the first place 6 and 11pm news. She then moved to Los Angeles and co-anchored the 6 p.m. news at KNBC-TV for five years before returning to the Bay Area in 1997 to work as an anchor/reporter at KRON.
In addition to co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news, Tokuda will take her series “Students Rising Above” to CBS 5. The series has won a Peabody Award, a National Emmy for Public Service, the national Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award, and the NAB Education Foundation’s “Service to America” Award. It has raised more than $3.8 million in scholarships. (Photo by Akilah Monifa of CBS 5.)