Ken Jones, a veteran local TV newsman known for his reports on the 1965 Watts riots and the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, died May 14. He was 54.

Jones died after a yearlong fight with cancer, said his daughter, Karen Jones.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jones became one of the city’s most visible TV personalities in the ’70s.

He worked as news director for KDAY radio and was on the production team of the West Coast edition of NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley report.

Jones also worked for KRLA radio in Pasadena before moving to KTTV-TV, where became the city’s first black anchorman.

He also worked for KNXT-TV, now KCBS, from 1976 to 1982.

His visibility as a newsman earned him cameo roles in the film “The Candidate” and TV series “The Odd Couple,””The Brady Bunch” and “MacMillan and Wife.”

Jones also conceived and published SOUL, a black entertainment newsmagazine, from 1966-82.

Survived by his mother, a sister, two brothers, five children and three grandchildren.

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