"I like the idea of the live deadline of standing there with your mike in-hand and 20 seconds to go waiting for the cue. It's a sensation that I do enjoy. I frankly just think that I'm there in the dark talking to the cameraman."
About This Interview
Part of the local Los Angeles news scene for over 60 years, Stan Chambers was instrumental in the national evolution of local television news coverage. Having worked at KTLA almost since its inception, Chambers discusses the many local events, breaking news stories and tragedies he has covered: the 1949 Kathy Fiscus tragedy involving the rescue attempt of a little girl who was trapped in a well; hosting Frosty Frolics; covering an above ground Nevada A-bomb test with television cameras for the first time; the first Telecopter; the Watts Riots; breaking the Rodney King beating story, and many others. The four-hour interview was conducted by Karen Herman on July 28, 1998.