Longtime Bay Area News Anchor Dennis Richmond To Retire

Longtime San Francisco Bay area newsman Dennis Richmond is retiring after decades of reporting and anchoring KTVU's evening newscast.

Richmond announced his decision Wednesday on the air.

He said he will work until May.

"After a lot of consideration and discussion with my wife, I have decided I will be leaving KTVU after a 40-year career," the 64-year-old Richmond said.

For most of his career, Richmond has anchored "The Ten O'Clock News," becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Bay Area, known for his deep voice, trademark mustache and serious delivery.

After moving to California in 1968 from Ohio, Richmond started at KTVU as a part-time clerk typist.

As a reporter, he told some of the area's most high-profile news stories, including the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978.

KTVU Vice President and General Manager Tim McVay said Richmond's work ethic and dedication to preparing for each broadcast set him apart.

"When you watch him, he doesn't interject his personal opinions in the news," McVay said. "He is a true professional."

Richmond said he will not spend his retirement working in the news business, and was unsure about what his next move will be.

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