Veteran press reporter Tony Valdez, that covered Los Angeles for greater than thirty years for the Fox 11 tv terminal, has actually passed away at 78. His child validated the fatality and also stated his daddy had actually been fighting end-stage kidney failing prior to passing away in the house on Friday early morning.
Valdez was among minority Latino television press reporters when he began his profession in 1981. He functioned till relinquishing Fox in 2016. He was the host of Midday Sunday and also coanchored weekend breaks with Christine Devine in the 1990s.
He was likewise the host of the criminal offense collection LA’s Most Wanted.
Valdez matured in midtown Los Angeles and also finished from Los Angeles College.
Prior to signing up with KTTV, he operated at KCET, KTLA, and also La Opiñion. During his lengthy profession, he covered such huge tales as the Watts Riots, the Hillside Strangler and also Night Stalker serial awesome situations, the apprehension and also test of O.J. Simpson, and also numerous political elections.
“Anyone who worked with Tony can tell you of his complete dedication to the truth in journalism. He knew this city inside and out,” stated FOX 11 support Christine Devine on the terminal’s site.
“Tony Valdez was a trailblazing reporter, advocate, and mentor. He was one of the first Latino journalists to break the color barrier in Los Angeles. And with pride, Tony said he spent 35 years, 5 months, and 4 days covering the stories of this city on KTTV. We are better journalists, and a better community, because of the coverage and compassion of Tony Valdez,” FOX 11 Acting News Director Pete Wilgoren stated.
Valdez was a US Army expert and also offered throughout the Vietnam War. He later on functioned as a docent at the LA Conservancy, and also would certainly lead excursions of midtown Los Angeles.
Survivors include his child, Steve, and also 3 grandchildren.
In lieu of blossoms, contributions can be sent out to the LA Conservancy or the 8 Ball structure.