Hal Fishman was a local newscaster here. A staple of the nightly news you could always find him on KTLA.
Hal Fishman, the award-winning KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor who was a Los Angeles broadcasting fixture for nearly 50 years, died Tuesday, the station announced. He was 75.Fishman died at 3 a.m. at his Brentwood home with his family at his side. He had been hospitalized with a serious infection after collapsing at his home Aug. 1, less than a week after being diagnosed with colon cancer. On Friday, the station announced that the disease had spread to his liver.
A broadcaster who began his television career in Los Angeles in 1960, Fishman had anchored his station’s10 p.m. newscast — now called “KTLA Prime News” — since 1975. He covered major news stories in Southern California, including the Watts riots, the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the Sylmar and Northridge earthquakes and the Rodney G. King beating case.
A onetime assistant professor of political science, he also served as the newscast’s managing editor and commentator.
Fishman anchored his last broadcast July 30.