A glimpse into Frank Sommerville’s off-camera life

This photo on Channel 2 anchor Frank Sommerville’s Facebook wall is generating a lot of interest. It shows him patiently taking out the braids in his daughter’s hair. The SFGate’s Mommy Files writes: The photo resonated with Sommerville’s fans because it captured one of those daily moments that parents often come to value most — and it showed a white father bonding with his black daughter.  Frank’s daughter Callie is adopted and he says, “If someone were to ask me

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Rita Williams wins TV reporter of year award — local winners of AP awards listed below

Rita Williams Veteran KTVU reporter Rita Williams received the Chris Harris Reporter of the Year Award at the AP Television and Radio Association’s 64th annual Mark Twain Awards in Anaheim on Saturday. The winner of numerous Emmys during her 30 years at Channel 2, she is known for her digging as a reporter. She faced tough competition in the category. Also nominated were Julie Watts of KPIX and John Lobertini, a former PIXer now at KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento.

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Richmond gets treatment for hiccups

Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse reports that Dennis Richmond has been afflicted with hiccups for years and is now seeking medical help for his annoying affliction in Grass Valley, where he lives. Richmond, in his 32 years as anchor at Channel 2, said he was occasionally hit with hiccup attacks while on the air. And though he attempted mightily to suppress them, they were heard on the air possibly two times, he told Newhouse. “… You know me, I just

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Dennis Richmond disgusted with election

“The Democrats are just handing this election to the Republicans.” Dennis Richmond tells columnist Bill Mann. “Rev. Jeremiah Wright wounded him [Obama] greatly. I’m terrified of a McCain-Clinton campaign. Both are consummate politiciann.” Richmond told Mann he didn’t like ABC anchor Charlie Gibson’s handling of last week’s Democratic debate: “He’s a field reporter, not an anchor. He only got the ABC anchor job when that guy [Bob Woodruff] was shot in the head.” Richmond, who is retiring next months after

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Somerville to succeed Richmond at KTVU

Channel 2 has picked a familiar face to replace longtime anchor Dennis Richmond rather than going outside of the market for new talent. Frank Somerville will start co-anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Thursday, May 22, the night after Richmond signs off after 40 years. Somerville grew up in the Bay Area and has been at Channel 2 for 16 years. The appointment of Somerville ends speculation that KTVU hired Dave Clark away from L.A.’s KCAL/KCBS-TV to replace

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