In 1947 Stan caught a wave just as KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles, was becoming the first commercial television station this side of the Mississippi. This wave has taken Stan on an unimaginable journey covering TV news that has been going strong for sixty years. He shares his life with an engaging style that merges storyline with a broad spectrum of television history and events that includes:
* Technical achievements in television, (e.g., KTLA engineered the first
ever news Telecopter)
Stan is also involved with the Stan Chambers Journalism Awards, an annual essay competition that awards senior high school students interested in journalism careers with cash awards.
Other honors include several Emmy and Golden Mike awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Broadcaster of the Year award, the Governor's Award from the Television Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, an L.A. Press Club Award, L.A. City and County proclamations, and from his alma mater, the USC Alumni Association Award. The Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California-Nevada also annually presents the Stan Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award.
He’s still out there, over 22,000 stories later, with mic in hand. As Chambers puts it, “When you report news in Los Angeles, you are broadcasting to the biggest hometown in America.”
For more information and newscast videos about Stan Chambers, click here to view the KTLA Web site.
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Reviews and Accolades
What a wonderful journey through the history of television news! Any
of us who passed through local television in Los Angeles stand in awe
of his dedicated professionalism. I've seen him handle the fluffiest of
pieces with a dignity and humor that managed to elevate them, and I've
watched him tackle the most serious and important stories of our time
in a way that humanized and clarified them. The other great thing about
Stan is that he's been around so long, I still feel like the new kid!
".his memories of the drama of live television and the evolution of tape
delay are most entertaining."
"Stan, I am in awe of your career, and I am privileged to have been your
"Stan's dedication, integrity, and professionalism are legendary. Stan
doesn't just report the news; he cares."
As I closed News At 10 this evening, I found it ironic
that I was marking the pages with my own business card... which read Reporter/Anchor.
It was because of Stan's inspiring career that I found my way into this
crazy business. I am a little disappointed I never got to go out on any
stories with Stan when I interned at KTLA now nearly ten years ago. But
the leadership that Stan and others (including reporter Bill Smith, and
the late Hal Fishman) showed provided me with a great start in the news
business. It has been said that the history of Stan Chambers is the history
of Los Angeles television news. I completely agree, and News At
10 provided me with insight that I hope to one day draw on as
a reporter in Los Angeles as well. I don't remember a news event while
growing up that Stan or KTLA were not a part of. Congratulations Stan
on your monumental achievement... I hope that you continue to inspire
young journalists with your dedication.