Emmy Award-winning TV journalist Leslie Griffith, who most notably anchored the Ten O’clock News on KTVU Channel 2, died at the age of 66 on Aug. 10 in Lake Chapala, Mexico, where she had home, KTVU reported.
Born in Tomball, Texas, Griffith started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter for the Associated Press and Denver Post. She joined KTVU in 1986 as a weekend reporter and anchor, and with her alto voice and steadfast reporting, she worked her way up to become an influential force in Bay Area journalism, the East Bay Times reported. She replaced Elaine Corral on the Ten O’clock News in 1998, becoming a staple on the program as Dennis Richmond’s co-anchor. She resigned from KTVU in 2006.
Many honored Griffith in social media and expressed anguish over her passing. “Sad news,” KTVU reporter Sal Castaneda wrote on Twitter. “Long-time KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith has died. I thought it was a big deal when I started working with her and Dennis.”
“This hurts my heart,” CNN correspondent Sara Snider wrote. “She had such a wild & wonderful personality. She stood up for good reporting on so many occasions. She stood up for me on occasion too. She was a force of nature.”