Posted Aug 11 2015 10:34AM PDT
Updated Jun 20 2018 02:01PM PDT
As a kid from Berkeley, there’s nothing better than covering news in the place I grew up and being at KTVU just feels right.
As far back as I can remember, my Dad ended the night by watching “The Original 10 o’clock News” and I would stay up to watch with him as long as I could. And when the earth shook on October 17th, 1989, I distinctly remember watching Dennis Richmond and Elaine Corral deliver news of the collapsed Bay Bridge and the people trapped inside the crumbled Cypress Freeway.
It’s times like those you realize the power of television news; being able to show people what’s happening where they live, in real time. And now, I feel incredibly honored to be a part of this talented team of professionals. You can catch me anchoring "The Four" on KTVU and the 7pm News on KTVU Plus.
My first six years here at KTVU were spent waking up early to bring you live reports during Mornings On 2, covering some of the biggest stories here in the Bay Area. I was on the ground as a series of devastating fires burned across the North Bay in October of 2017, destroying thousands of homes. I've also been lucky enough to cover a few Warriors championship parades through the streets of downtown Oakland, a dream-come-true for this life-long Dubs fan.
I graduated from the University of Southern California where I studied broadcast journalism, and after graduating I started reporting for LA’s city run cable station. I seriously couldn’t believe they were paying me to do something I truly enjoyed, which is not to say I turned down the paychecks. Less than a year later, I packed everything I owned into my used Honda Accord and drove out to Palm Springs.
That’s where I spent the next two years working for the “Desert’s Breaking News Leader,” KESQ as a reporter and weekend anchor. The heat was unbearable, I mean like “melt the soles of your shoes” hot. But those triple digit temps didn’t stop me from taking jobs at KVBC in Las Vegas and then FOX-10 News in Phoenix.
It was there in Arizona, where I took this beautiful woman on a long hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon one day. When we stopped for a water break, I asked her what she was doing for the rest of my life. Thankfully she didn’t have any plans. And I was lucky enough to marry the woman who puts a smile on my face and is the only person I know who always laughs (or pretends to laugh) at my corny jokes.
After overcoming a number of infertility hurdles, we now find ourselves chasing around two amazing little boys. I love spending time with them reading books, cooking or tending to our growing garden. And on the off chance I have some free time, you might find me chucking up some “ill advised” 3’s at the YMCA basketball courts.
In my career I’ve been lucky enough to win a few Emmys, but by far my most prestigious honor was being named one of the top 25 news men with the best hair. Not sure exactly how official those rankings are but It’s great when all that blow-drying finally pays off.
I really would love to hear from you. If you have any story ideas, comments or questions please feel free to send me an e-mail at Alex.Savidge@foxtv.com.