Newsman joined ABC7 family in 2002

Veteran KGO-TV, ABC7 news anchor Pete Wilson died July 20 at in Palo Alto, Calif. from a heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery. He was 62.

Wilson was co-anchor of the ABC7 News at 6 p.m. for the past five and a half years. He re-joined the ABC7 family in 2002 after a 12-year stint anchoring the news at KRON-TV in San Francisco. He first came to ABC7 News in 1983 from KTXL-TV in Sacramento.

He was born in Wisconsin and graduated the U. of Wisc. A Vietnam veteran, Wilson began his news broadcasting career at a Milwaukee radio station while attending grad school.

He earned several Associated Press awards and six local Emmys. Wilson also shared two Peabody awards, including one for his coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake while at ABC7.

In addition to anchoring and reporting, he hosted talk and interview shows including the afternoon programon KGO in the Bay Area.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and a son.

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