Bob Banfield, a 43-year veteran reporter for the Los Angeles TV station KABC, has died. He was 82.
The station says Banfield died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. Banfield covered Senator Robert Kennedy’s assassination and the Manson family murders during his 43 years at KABC.
Banfield got his first broadcasting job at 18 as a junior announcer on a local radio station in East Liverpool, Ohio.
He moved on to WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, and other stations before joining KABC-TV in 1967. In the 1970s, he co-hosted the station's "A.M. Los Angeles" show with Regis Philbin.
He eventually became bureau chief for KABC's coverage of the inland counties east of Los Angeles before retiring in 2010.
That station interviewed him a couple of years ago when he retired.
"Maybe I had some impact on people and helped some people," he told the place he'd worked for over four decades. "I’ve met a lot of very good people. I hope that I’ve given them all the time they deserve. I’ll miss them. I really will."