Bob Banfield, former KABC reporter, dies

Covered RFK assassination, Manson murders

Bob Banfield, who covered Robert Kennedy’s assassination and the Manson murders during his 43 years as a reporter for Los Angeles TV station KABC, has died. He was 82.

The station says Banfield died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer.

Banfield got his first broadcasting job at 18 as a junior announcer on a local radio station in East Liverpool, Ohio.

He moved on to WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, and other stations before joining KABC-TV in 1967. In the 1970s, he co-hosted the station’s “A.M. Los Angeles” show with Regis Philbin.

He eventually became bureau chief for KABC’s coverage of the inland counties east of Los Angeles.

He retired two years ago.

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