Hal Fishman who died on August 6, 2007 had served at the Los Angeles KTLA-TV as a news anchor for the ten O'clock news since 1975 and prior to acquiring that position, it is ideal to state that he had worked for the station for more than a decade. It was during this time when he became a new anchor that his contributions to the coverage of the Watts riots led the station to win the Peabody Award. Prior to working at the KTLA-TV, he had worked at the KTTV and KHJ which is currently known as KCAL both of which are based in Los Angeles.
Born on August 25, 1931, Fishman, up to the time of his demise was ranked as the journalist who had served for a long duration. He was a Bachelor degree holder from Cornell University and during this time, it is notable to state that he worked at the campus' radio station. In 1956, he pursued a Masters degree in political science from UCLA and was set for a career in academia and went as far as working as an assistant political science professor. This was at the California State University, Los Angeles.
Later on, KCOP channel 13 gave him an offer to train an on air course and in addition to this, he was given the opportunity to anchor his own show and this marked the beginning of his career. When he moved from KCOP, he went to KTLA in 1965 and it was during this time that he got exposure to field reporting. There are some major events that were covered by Fishman and which will be remembered for a long time.
For instance, he covered the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the Sylmar and Northridge earthquakes that traumatized a lot of people and which were extensively covered. In addition to this, he also covered Pope John Paul II visit to Southern California in 1987. Other events worth noting that were covered by Fishman include; the beating of Rodney King by police in 1991, which also precipitated riots when the culprits were acquitted a year later.
At this point, it is ideal to note that seven years prior to his death, the KTLA news room was named in his honor since. This was for the simple reason that he had marked 40 years of journalism. His death eighteen days before his 76th birthday and was caused by a liver infection.