A crowd of family members and top SoCal Journalists packed into the Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood (March 12, 2015) for the LA Press Club a tribute to TV News Pioneer Stan Chambers. The legendary reporter, who worked at KTLA Ch. 5 for 63 years died Feb. 13, 2015. He was 91. Chambers was the first to broadcast live on TV in Los Angeles.
He was known as a “Gentleman of the press.” He often beat the competition in breaking news. From massive wildfires, devastating earthquakes to the L.A. riots that followed the Rodney King Officers beating trial Chambers was there. KTLA was also the first to air exclusively the home video beating of Rodney King.
LA Press Club President and NBCLA Anchor Robert Kovacik said, “I had the pleasure of working with Stan Chambers, Anchor Hal Fishman, Gerry Ruben, exec producer and Barbara Scott in my childhood,” he joked. “I remember Stan telling me, ‘Just tell what you see Robert.’
But I also I remember when I went to work for Bob Long, (KNBC News Director). When I handed him a news story there were a few few expletives before Long said, ‘Kovacik, didn’t you learn anything from Stan Chambers?’ I said what did I miss? He said, ‘Great reporters don’t rely on adjectives to tell a great story.’ I will never forget that whenever I write a story,” said Kovacik.
Stan Chambers III said, “This is his second family, the working press in L.A. I’m sure he’s looking down right now with a big smile from heaven seeing all of his pals here tonight.”
When asked what he remembered most about his Dad, Chambers said, “We didn’t get a lot of personal time with my dad, but I remember when I was nine (years old) my dad came to me in the morning and said he was going to pick me up at noon from school and take me to the World Series with LA Dodgers vs. the White Sox at the Coliseum. We sat behind the right field wall underneath the clock.
I remember years later my dad saying, ‘those were the worst seats ever.’ But what I remembered was getting out of school for the afternoon, going to the world series and being with my dad,” explained Chambers. “I really didn’t care where we were sitting. We could have been sitting on top of the clock and it wouldn’t have mattered.”
“I know I speak on behalf of all my brothers and sisters, GeGe and the grandkids when I say, listening to your words and hearing your sentiments, the way you have expressed your love for Stan has meant a great deal to all of us and we will remember this night forever,” said Dr. Edward Chambers, one Stan Chambers’s sons. He is survived by his wife GeGe, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
KTLA President and General Manager Don Corsini said, “Stan was a brilliant journalist and one of the best in the business. “I grew up watching Stan on KTLA. It was a great privilege to, years later, work with him. He set the standard for our business, he was a pioneer, a trailblazer.”
During his more than six decades with KTLA, Chambers covered more than 30,000 stories, ranging from floods and fires to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. “He will be remembered as a pioneer in the industry, and a pillar of the KTLA family,” KTLA News Director Jason Ball said.
Dr. Chambers told the attendees growing up in our house was like growing up in big bubble. “As kids, we were all inside this world,” he said. “We were protected, it wasn’t a wild or exciting world, it was just a quiet place, where we could grow. And when I look back at that bubble I know it was because of dad. You were his kids, we were his kids were all family. When I grew up I realized the world is not that bubble. And when I had kids of my own, I appreciated that within me, all of us carried that bubble and that ability to embrace each other and to keep things the way they should be,” explain Dr. Chambers.
“My dad was a great role model, not just for a newsman, but as an old school guy he loved people, he cared about people, his competitors along with his coworkers. His message was very clear, ‘you’re only on this earth for short time, let’s not get petty, jealous, but live life to the fullest,” said Stan Chambers III about his father.
In 2010, Stan Chambers was honored by RTNA at KTLA studios. Photos Online (more).
survived by his wife GeGe, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.