Five stations win regional Murrows

KGO-AM won six regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Director’s Association and KCBS won four. The regional winners will now be judged on a national level. KGO won awards for breaking news, sports reporting, use of sound, hard news feature, writing and feature reporting. The breaking news award, for coverage of fires in Northern California on June 12, 2008, was earned by Rosie Allen, Greg Jarrett, Laura Podolak, Claudia Lamb, Rob Artigo, Greg Edmonds and Bret

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Knight Ridder signs up for sale

Knight Ridder became history in 2006, but its name still appears on the two largest signs in San Jose. The signs are about 20 stories up on the top of the office building at 50 West Fernando Street, where the now defunct newspaper company had its corporate headquarters. KCBS Radio and CBS5 KPIX-TV report that the building’s landlord is now offering to sell the signs for $2 million plus rent of $25,000 a month. The buyer’s name or message would

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Reporter Liz Gonzales dead at 51

Liz Gonzales, a former newswoman and morning anchor with KPIX, died of cancer on Wednesday, the Chronicle reports. She was 51. She worked for about five years at Channel 5 before leaving in 1992 after the birth of her first child. With her husband, news photographer Bob Goldsborough, she founded Gonwest Video Productions. Gonwest created news shows for every major network. Their last piece, Ted Koppel’s four-part series on China, aired this summer. The rosary will be recited at 6

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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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CBS5 to launch 10 p.m. newscast on Ch. 44

CBS5 plans take on Channel 2’s top rated “10 O’Clock News” in a head-to-head competition starting in one week. Dana King, Ken Bastida, Dennis O’Donnell and Roberta Gonzales will anchor a 30-minute 10 p.m. newscast on the CBS’s Channel 44 starting March 3 which will be broadcast in HD. The same quartet will continue to anchor Channel 5’s 11 p.m. news. The move follows the introduction of primetime newscasts by ABC7 on Channel 20 in January 2007 and KTVU on

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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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CBS 5’s Samantha Mohr leaving for Atlanta

After six years at KPIX CBS 5, Chief Meteorologist Samantha Mohr (pictured) is leaving for Atlanta. She announced her departure on the air a few days before she was about to switch shifts with morning weather anchor Roberta Gonzales. The station moved Gonzales, previously the morning weather anchor, to the weeknight shows, and Mohr was going to take the morning shift. But before the switch took place, Mohr resigned. Her picture and bio have been removed from the CBS 5

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Wendy Tokuda jumps from KRON to CBS 5

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

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