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Stan Chambers

Local News Correspondent

Stan Chambers on how the definition on the early television cameras almost prevented him from being on-camera

01:53

I like the idea of the live deadline of standing there with your mi 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 (1923-2015) was instrumental in the national evolution of local television news coverage. Chambers worked at KTLA almost since its inception. In his four-hour Archive interview, Chambers discusses the many local events, breaking news stories and tragedies he has covered. He speaks on the 1949 Kathy Fiscus tragedy involving the rescue attempt of a little girl who was trapped in a well and also discusses hosting Frosty Frolics. Additionally, he talks about 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. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 28, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA.

I like the idea of the live deadline of standing there with your mi 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. 

Interview Highlights

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Stan Chambers on how the definition on the early television cameras almost prevented him from being on-camera

01:53
Embedded thumbnail for                             Stan Chambers on reporting at the scene of the 1949 Kathy Fiscus tragedy -- a story that was followed nationwide

Stan Chambers on reporting at the scene of the 1949 Kathy Fiscus tragedy -- a story that was followed nationwide

11:01
Embedded thumbnail for              Stan Chambers on anchoring KTLA's evening news in 1958 (and using an improvised prompting system)

Stan Chambers on anchoring KTLA's evening news in 1958 (and using an improvised prompting system)

02:04
Embedded thumbnail for Stan Chambers on KTLA's invention and use of the first news helicopter, the "telecopter" in 1958

Stan Chambers on KTLA's invention and use of the first news helicopter, the "telecopter" in 1958

05:51
Embedded thumbnail for Stan Chambers covering the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968

Stan Chambers covering the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968

04:28
Embedded thumbnail for Stan Chambers on KTLA's breaking the news story of the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police officers

Stan Chambers on KTLA's breaking the news story of the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police officers

11:04
Embedded thumbnail for Stan Chambers on how he'd like to be remembered

Stan Chambers on how he'd like to be remembered

01:30

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