SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter Stan Chambers

SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter

Stan Chambers

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the passing of veteran KTLA reporter, Stan Chambers.

“Los Angeles has lost a legend, a reporter who invented live television news,” SPJ /LA President Navid Nonahal said.  “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Stan’s family and colleagues.”

Chambers passed away today at age 91, at his home in Holmby Hills, surrounded by his family. He worked at KTLA for 63 years, retiring at age 87 in 2010.

Colleague and SPJ/LA board member, Jeff Wald, said Chambers was known for his storytelling skills and particularly his ability to report news events live. In 1949, Chambers invented live television coverage of breaking news, reporting the tragedy of a little girl named Kathy Fiscus who had fallen down an abandoned well in San Marino. He was on the air for more than 27 hours.

Some 40 years later, Chambers provided live coverage of a light plane that had become entangled in high-tension wires. “Two men were trapped upside down in their private plane.  The plane never moved as firemen worked to rescue the pilot and passenger.  This went on for hours. Stan’s reporting was gripping and our viewers couldn’t turn away,” Wald said.

In his 63 years at KTLA, Chambers covered the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 and countless fires, floods, riots, and human-interest stories.  All of the stories — some 22,000 of them — were presented with accuracy, consistency and solid reporting.

In honor of Chambers, here’s the link to a collection of interviews from the Archive of American Television, including a short clip on how he’d like to be remembered. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/stan-chambers

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism.  Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.  The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter Rick Orlov

For Immediate Release
Feb. 3, 2015

Contact:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter

Rick Orlov

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of veteran Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov, who died Monday of diabetes complications.

“The Los Angeles journalism community has lost one of its best, who will be truly irreplaceable,” SPJ/LA President Navid Nonahal said. “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Rick’s family and colleagues.”

Orlov, a past SPJ/LA Distinguished Journalist Award recipient, covered local politics at the Los Angeles City Hall for several decades, and through the years, earned a reputation as “dean of the City Hall press corps” both for his long experience, and for his generous mentoring and fatherly advice to younger reporters.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that all of City Hall was in mourning, and City Council President Herb Wesson has announced plans for a motion to name the media room behind City Council chambers in Orlov’s memory. We agree that this would be a fitting tribute to one our most dedicated, respected, and much-loved journalists.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

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Our Statement: Urging Support for the Federal Shield Law

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The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists joins with the national organization in calling for the passage of a federal shield law to protect journalists.

We urge the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to open the way for serious consideration of the Free Flow of Information Act, H.R.1962 and S.987. The recent news that federal authorities monitored reporters at The Associated Press and FOX News underscores the urgent need for a federal shield law. Continue reading

Statement from SPJ/LA’s President

Jan. 13, 2013

Contact info:

Alice Walton, President
Greater Los Angeles Chapter
Society of Professional Journalists
alicemwalton@gmail.com

LOS ANGELES — The board of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced today following a special meeting on Saturday that information had surfaced showing unauthorized withdrawals had been made from the chapter’s checking account.

Sarah Baisley, the chapter’s treasurer for many years, was removed from her position by the chapter president and ad hoc budget committee members after the unauthorized withdrawals were discovered following a review of chapter finances undertaken in the course of implementing SPJ/LA’s new finance policy, which adopted best practices recently recommended by the national organization.

SPJ/LA president Alice Walton said a preliminary review of chapter accounts revealed significant unauthorized withdrawals were made in 2010 and 2011, but emphasized that the full extent of potential losses was unknown at this time due to incomplete records.

Walton said SPJ/LA chapter board members have hired an attorney and will seek the services of a forensic accountant to compile as clear and complete a picture as possible of the extent of the unauthorized activity and the true state of the chapter’s finances. She said the withdrawals were discovered on the evening of Jan. 2, when a member of the ad hoc budget committee was reviewing the available records with the treasurer.

“Once we have a better accounting,” Walton said, “that information will be turned over to the proper law enforcement authorities without delay.”

Walton said the chapter was committed to an open and transparent accounting of the situation and to its ongoing efforts at putting safeguards in place to ensure that nothing similar could occur again in the future. She said that the day after the losses were first discovered, the financial institutions were contacted and measures taken to protect SPJ/LA assets.

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SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran ABC7 Cameraman Artie Williams III

Artie Williams III

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of veteran ABC 7 cameraman Artie Williams III, who died over the weekend while diving off of Catalina Island.

Williams was described by his colleagues as a “real prince of a guy” with a huge heart.  He was known for providing a helping hand to other photographers, reporters and interns. His was always a friendly face to see out in the field.

“The journalism community in Los Angeles has lost a talented person who was a friend and mentor to many,” SPJ/LA President Alice Walton said . “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Artie’s ABC7 colleagues and his family. He will be sorely missed.”

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