Bob Banfield, 82, Los Angeles ABC reporter covered RFK assassination, Manson murders
June 30, 2012 1:24AM
This image provided by ABC-TV shows Bob Banfield, who covered Robert Kennedy's assassination and the Manson murders during his 43 years as a reporter for Los Angeles TV station KABC, died Thursday June 28, 2012. He was 82. (AP Photo/ABC-TV)
Updated: August 2, 2012 10:39AM
LOS ANGELES — Bob Banfield, who covered Robert Kennedy’s assassination and the Manson murders during his 43 years as a reporter for Los Angeles TV station KABC, has died. He was 82.
The station said Mr. Banfield died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Banfield got his first broadcasting job at 18 as a junior announcer on a local radio station in East Liverpool, Ohio.
He moved on to WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, and other stations before joining KABC-TV in 1967. In the 1970s, he co-hosted the station’s “A.M. Los Angeles” show with Regis Philbin.
He eventually became bureau chief for KABC’s coverage of the inland counties east of Los Angeles.
He retired two years ago.