Who was that airbrushed Bay Area Murdoch girl?

Former Channel 2 anchor Leslie Griffith writes in the Bay Guardian: On the very day it was leaked that Scott McClellan’s book reveals the country went to war based on known lies, the sweetest, shiniest, dimple-faced, airbrushed Bay Area Murdoch girl began a broadcast by announcing: “Another American has given his life for his country today.” I was once that girl. Today I know that soldier was one of thousands who bravely believed in what the president said — and

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Leslie Griffith defends Dan Rather

Former KTVU Channel 2 anchor Leslie Griffith (pictured) has written an essay for the liberal Web site truthout in which she defends Dan Rather, saying he was fired because CBS and Viacom wanted to curry favor with the White House after documents he used in a report on President Bush’s National Guard service turned out to be forged. Her essay sheds some light on why she left TV news last year. She said that when the Iraq war began, “Those

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Griffith may do documentary on TV news

The Chronicle’s Matier & Ross report that Leslie Griffith, who resigned Friday as co-anchor of Channel 2’s “10 O’Clock News,” is buying property in Colorado and has been talking to colleagues about doing a documentary on a subject she knows well: “The state of television news today.” After 20 years at Channel 2, Griffith wanted out for a variety of reasons, according to previous reports, including frustration over the station’s changing newsroom personnel, the pressures of added broadcasts and shorter

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Leslie Griffith resigns from KTVU

Veteran news anchor Leslie Griffith resigned from KTVU today after 20 years at the station and eight years as co-anchor of the “10 O’Clock News.” She has been off the air since Aug. 22 in what the station called a leave of absence. Every night, co-anchor Dennis Richmond would say at the top of the news that Griffith was off that night. During the leave, negotiations took place a departure settlement since three years remained on her contract. KTVU announced

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Leslie Griffith Watch: Colleagues puzzled

Bill Mann, the media writer for the Montclarion and other Hills Newspapers in Alameda County, wonders if Channel 2’s Leslie Griffith has become the Judge Crater of local TV news? He says her absence from the anchor desk since August is as much a mystery to her colleagues as it is to viewers of “The 10’O Clock News.” Mann points out that nobody really knew why Elaine Corral suddenly disappeared from the same anchor desk almost a decade ago. To

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Reasons given for Griffith’s exit from Ch. 2

The Matier & Ross column in today’s Chron lists the reasons why Leslie Griffith (left) probably won’t be returning to the KTVU anchor desk. She’s been MIA for more than seven weeks now and the column quotes a source as saying the split is due to the station’s changing newsroom personnel, the pressures of added broadcasts and shorter news stories, and greater news control being exerted by the station’s ownership in Atlanta — plus tensions with longtime co-anchor Dennis Richmond

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Anchor’s woes started with an on-air gripe

The newsletter for the local chapter of the National Television Academy offers some clues about why KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith has been missing from the station’s newscasts for seven weeks. The newsletter says her problems with management began when she criticized how her script was written — on the air. Griffith said something to the effect of “Can you believe how poorly this story is written?” Nobody is quite sure what she said because tapes of the show were immediately

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Moore, Griffith sound off about TV news

In a Q&A with the publication Bay Area Business Woman, anchors Pam Moore of KRON 4 (left) and Leslie Griffith of KTVU 2 discuss the significance of Katie Couric being named anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” Says Griffith: “What is huge about the whole [Couric] thing [is] she’s managing editor of the CBS News, she’s not just anchoring the news. That means every word that she tells America is something that she had her hands on, that she made

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