Honoring a Legend: A Life in TV News

Aug 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In his 59-year career reporting local news for KTLA, Mr. Chambers has covered more than 22,000 stories. Here are some highlights of his life in journalism.


Stan Chambers graduates with a B.A. from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Dec. 1, 1947

Begins working at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

April 9, 1949

Reports the live breaking story about Kathy Fiscus, a 3-year-old girl who’s fallen in a well. At 27 hours of coverage, it’s the world’s first extended newscast.

January 1949

Starts live coverage of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, which he does almost every year thereafter.

December 1963

Covers the Baldwin Hills dam break, which flooded parts of urban Los Angeles, with use of KTLA’s news helicopter.

April 1965

Covers the Watts Riots, which earned the station a 1966 Peabody Award, the first ever for an independent station.

June 1968

Covers Robert Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel.


The Society of Professional Journalists presents Mr. Chambers its “Broadcaster of the Year” award.

March 1991

Amateur videographer George Holiday hands over his footage of the beating of Rodney King to Stan Chambers.

January 1998

KTLA celebrates Mr. Chambers’ 50th anniversary with the station and renames its main building after him.


The Tournament of Roses Association presents Mr. Chambers with an award for more than 50 years of dedication to KTLA’s Rose Parade broadcast coverage.

July 2005

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of SPJ presents Mr. Chambers with a lifetime achievement award.