Walt's Best Local TV News Anchors
My Top Five Local TV News Anchors. Criteria includes market longevity and field reporting skills (names interchangable)
*Edie Lambert KCRA 3.
The lead station's most tenured news anchor who knows the value of community work.
A true passion for getting stories right. One of the markets best reporters for years when she was out in the field starting in 1995. She can write/report/anchor/go live in the field. She cares about the product and the people watching.
*Cristina Mendonsa KXTV 10.
Steady star quality and the face of the local ABC station since she started in 1995. Viewers often remark about the twinkle in her eye. Great fashion sense. Is the equal of any on the anchor desk but hasn't worked a regular reporter shift except for special assignments. Would be a star in any city. News10 is lucky she's stuck around.
*Deirdre Fitzpatrick KCRA 3
An Emmy winner as best anchor in the Sacramento AND San Francisco markets. Fitz has a great journalistic background from the U. of Missouri. Can write with the best of any network reporter. She's a mainstay of the station's Olympic coverage from anywhere in the world.
The only downside to her being tethered to the morning anchor desk is we don't see her live reporting on the evening newscasts. She's been at KCRA since '97.
*Sam Shane KOVR 13
A true veteran of broadcast journalism who's probably the most experienced anchor...and reporter in the market.
A standout at KCRA who after a stint at KGO/San Francisco became a daytime fixture as a news anchor on MSNBC.
He has the look and polish (and voice) of what news management calls a "command anchor". I think he's one the best reporters in the country. If he'd chosen that path, I have no doubt he'd be on 60 Minutes.
*Chris Riva KCRA 3. Why? He's the market's "Mr. Versatile". His regular week includes anchoring the weekend evening newscasts AND reporting on breaking news during the weekdays AND anchoring sportscasts when Del Rogers is off AND handling sports field reporting as well. He could be covering a live pot bust in El Dorado County one day AND the local prep baseball playoffs the next. He could probably do a weather forecast too.
Those are my top five and why. Your thoughts?