Longtime SoCal TV reporter Stan Chambers dies at 91

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LOS ANGELES -- Stan Chambers, the veteran local TV news reporter whose career at KTLA spanned more than six decades, died Friday, according to his family. He was 91.

Chambers passed away shortly after 10:30 a.m. at his Holmby Hills home surrounded by family, KTLA reported. He is survived by his wife Gigi, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Fox 5 reporter Jaime Chambers is one of Stan's grandsons.

During his 63 years with the station, Chambers covered more than 22,000 stories, ranging from floods and fires to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Chambers was fresh out of the U.S. Navy, enrolled in USC and working on the campus magazine when he first heard about KTLA. A few months later, KTLA invited Stan to join the fledgling station. He started work on Dec. 1, 1947.

After just 16 months at the station, Chambers covered what would become a defining moment in both his career and in television history: the story of Kathy Fiscus, a 3-year-old girl trapped in abandoned well in San Marino. Chambers, along with journalist Bill Welsh, alternated coverage during a live 27-hour telecast covering the rescue operation. Despite only an estimated few thousand television sets in Los Angeles, the groundbreaking moment proved to be a shared experience across the Southland, Chambers said.

Chambers worked on KTLA’s first daily newscast, launched in 1962. Over the next five decades, he would report on the biggest stories in Southern California, including the 1965 Watts riots and the Rodney King beating.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a portion of Sunset Boulevard and a building on the KTLA lot are named after him.