Video shows McElhatton anchoring in a crisis

Dave McElhatton and Hank Plante One more post about Dave McElhatton, the longtime KCBS and later KPIX anchor who died on Monday. A few years ago, KPIX posted several historic films and videos on its website, though they’re a bit hard to find. Where it says “top stories,” toggle down to “Classic KPIX.” Here’s a link to a riveting 39-minute tape of Channel 5’s coverage of the 1989 earthquake showing McElhatton anchoring during a crisis. While he’s on the air, he rolls

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Barbara Rodgers loves ‘crazy’ business

Barbara Rodgers signed off Friday after 29 years at KPIX Channel 5 and 36 years in TV news. “People always ask me how did I choose this career. I didn’t choose this career. This career chose me. It kept chasing me until finally it caught me. And then I realized, ‘Hey, this is what I was supposed to do. I didn’t have sense enough to know it,’” Rodgers said on one Channel 5 program Friday. On another she said: “When

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Era ends for African American journalists

Wyatt, Richmond and Rodgers Harrison Chastang, who has covered the African American community in the Bay Area for KPOO radio in San Francisco and other media outlets, says the retirements of ABC 7’s Martin Wyatt, KTVU’s Dennis Richmond and CBS 5’s Barbara Rodgers “marks an end of an era for the first generation of Bay Area Black television journalists.” Chastang writes in BeyondChron: Rodgers came to KPIX in 1979, a decade after Richmond was hired at KTVU during a time

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KPIX’s Barbara Rodgers announces retirement

Reporter and anchor Barbara Rodgers, who has been with KPIX since 1979, announced her retirement today. “I had been thinking about when I might hang up my reporter’s notebook and microphone,” Rodgers said in a statement released by the station. “So I decided that the right time is now, while I still have the enthusiasm to pursue some of my other interests.” Her last day at Channel 5 is Friday. Here’s Chuck Barney’s story from the Contra Costa Times. UPDATE,

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A promotion for Juliette Goodrich

Goodrich KPIX CBS5 has promoted Juliette Goodrich to anchor of its noon news effective today. She will be co-anchoring with Barbara Rodgers. New hire Tracy Humphrey is the weather anchor at noon. Goodrich takes the seat of John Kessler, who will remain on the morning news. “Juliette is a member of the family. She never really went away, but it’s sure nice to have her back five days a week. She and Barbara make a great team.” said vp and

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