Veteran California broadcaster

Veteran California broadcaster Ron Fineman died of colon cancer Dec. 30 in Santa Clarita. He was 54.

Most recently Fineman was known for his On the Record Web site, which critiqued television news coverage in Southern California.

Fineman grew up in Los Angeles where he attended UCLA and then worked at news stations across the state, including at KNTB in Bakersfield and KNX Radio in L.A.

Fineman won three Golden Mike awards for commentary, most recently in 2001.

“He had a kind of high standard for what television news should be,” said Kevin Roderick, whose Web site LAObserved.com fills a similar watchdog role for local print media.

“He was kind of old-fashioned in his tastes. He didn’t like ‘happy talk,’ a lot of banter between the anchors. He definitely did not appreciate women who dressed in anything other than very professional (on the air).”

He is survived by wife Christy Knorr, a news producer for KCAL 9; a son; and a brotherA

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