Rita Williams, CCAS MA ’74, announced Monday her plans to retire from her position as a KTVU reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area in February 2013 after 35 years with the station. Williams was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2001. She is considered one of the longest-tenured female television street reporters in the United States, remaining on the air after more than four decades.
Williams has been applauded for her coverage of four national political conventions, the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall, the “White Night” riots that followed (named after the then-suspect, former Supervisor Dan White), and being the first to report the indictment of Giants slugger Barry Bonds. Williams also interviewed the leading suspect in San Francisco’s infamous Zodiac killings of the 1970s.
Williams has received numerous honors through the years, including the George Foster Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards, many Emmy® nominations and two Emmy awards.