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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Newsom, Bush have something in common

In October 2003, President Bush declared that he did not read newspapers and instead relied on his aides to tell him what was going on in the world. On Wednesday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (left) told KPIX CBS5 that in the wake of a sex scandal, he too is ignoring the media. “The hardest part is not reading the papers, watching the news on TV,” Newsom told Hank Plante. The mayor compared the scope of media coverage of his

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Plante: Mainstream gays into the news

In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter, KPIX CBS 5 political editor Hank Plante says he’s on a crusade to integrate gays and lesbians into news stories about everyday life. “When a network does a story on credit card debt, why shouldn’t it be a lesbian couple profiled? It is criminal we are excluded from these stories,” said Plante, who is gay and a founding member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. “I don’t know how to

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KPIX puts historic local clips online

Dave McElhatton and Hank Plante KPIX CBS 5 has uploaded some of its historic news clips to its website (where it says “top stories” toggle down to “Classic KPIX), including a riveting 39-minute tape of its coverage immediately after the 1989 earthquake, anchored by an unflappable Dave McElhatton who rolls through aftershocks at the news desk. McElhatton is pictured here getting a first-hand report from Hank Plante, who tells him that he saw “people shouting ‘This is the big one.’” Wayne

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