Los Angeles news pioneer Stan Chambers retiring

Los Angeles television news pioneer Stan Chambers is retiring after more than six decades of broadcasting.

The KTLA newsman, who has had a front-row seat to floods, earthquakes, fires and catastrophe since 1949, says it's time to go. He chose Wednesday, his 87th birthday, to make the announcement.

Chambers' 1949 newscast about 3-year-old Kathy Fiscus, who fell in an abandoned well and died, is recognized as the first live coverage of a breaking news story. Chambers says there were only about 500 TV sets in the Los Angeles area at the time and only half of them worked.

Chambers says it's hard to leave, adding he's been working the best job he would ever have hoped for.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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