Pioneering TV journalist Sylvia Chase won Emmy and Peabody
Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist Sylvia Chase, among the first women to serve as a broadcast news anchor in the Bay Area and an early reporter on the national primetime ABC network news magazine “20/20,” died Jan. 3 at The Redwoods skilled nursing facility in Mill Valley after undergoing surgery for brain cancer in November. The longtime Belvedere resident was 80 years old. Ms. Chase collected an Emmy for her 1979 “20/20” report on exploding automobile gas tanks. Then, in a move that made national news, she was hired in 1985 as a news anchor by KRON-TV in San Francisco. Four years later, she won a Peabody Award her hourlong documentary on homeless children.
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