3-Minute Interview: Dennis Richmond

The KTVU news anchor will sign off for the final time tonight after more than 40 years at the station. Richmond, who turns 65 on Monday, has anchored “The Ten o’Clock News” for 32 years.

Is it strange for you to be the story after so many years delivering the news? Yes, it feels so different. I’m just not used to it at all … but the outpouring of support and glowing comments I’ve received from people has been very humbling. There’s been so much love, and I wasn’t prepared for it.

Have you had time yet to reflect on your career at KTVU? No, I don’t think the reflection is going to come until I actually leave the building for the last time. Then I may just sit down and take a deep breath.

Are there any particular stories that stick out in your career? It’s hard to say right now. The last 40 years seem like one big blur. But obviously [the 1989] Loma Prieta [earthquake] and the [1991 fires in the] Oakland Hills because they were such personal ones.

How did you cultivate your on-air delivery? When I first started, I thought I had to have an “anchor voice.” I would experiment with talking a certain way, and that just seemed disingenuous. Then I said, “Here’s a thought: Why not just be you?” And that’s what I’ve gone with ever since.

Have you given any thought to how you’ll sign off your final broadcast? Not yet, but I’m sure it will be very special for me. I’ll have to not only say good night but also goodbye. And that’s not going to be the easiest thing in the world to do.

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