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In memoriam: Stan Chambers, 91

Veteran KTLA news reporter got his start in broadcasting at USC

Stan Chambers
Stan Chambers waves to the crowd during the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade in 2005. (Photo/Lynn Seeden, Orange County Register)

Veteran Los Angeles news reporter Stan Chambers ’44, whose decades-long broadcasting career began at USC, died Friday. He was 91.

Chambers joined the military after graduating from USC with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, but returned to the university after World War II intending to study law.

“On registration day I found that the line to enroll went halfway around the law school building. During my military service I had promised myself I would never voluntarily stand in another line again, so I decided to just keep walking,” Chambers told USC’s Meredith Goodwin in 2007.

“Moments later, I saw a sign on another building that read KUSC-FM. ‘Hmm,’ I thought.  ‘Radio – that sounds like an interesting career.’ ”

In 1947, he launched Campus Magazine on the Air, a radio version of the print magazine he helped edit. In December of that year, he joined KTLA as a production assistant, less than a year after the station went on the air as the first commercially licensed television station in the west, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Chambers worked at KTLA for 63 years and covered more than 22,000 stories, from fires and floods to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, according to the station’s website. He retired in 2010 on his 87th birthday.

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