Veteran KTVU Director of Community Affairs and Public Service Rosy Chu to Retire

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OAKLAND – Nov. 8, 2013 – Rosy Chu announced today that she will retire from KTVU Channel 2 in December 2013 after more than 42 years with the station. 

“I lived the dream being able to travel from San Francisco and cross the Bay Bridge to land my dream job at KTVU in 1971.” said KTVU Director of Community Affairs and Public Service,

Rosy Chu. 

“Rosy’s commitment to the community and to KTVU and TV36 is unprecedented. She has made an impact on our stations and the community for over four decades which all of us are grateful for. Her steady presence in building community outreach, enhancing the lives of those she meets and her relationships with community leaders will be missed dearly.” said KTVU/TV36 Vice President & General Manager Tom Raponi.

Chu got her start as a secretary in the Art Department then moving on to a number of Producer roles.  From 1985 to 1988, she was the Producer of “2 at Noon – the first newscast outside The Ten O’clock News on KTVU Channel 2.  In 1989, she took on her current role as Director of Community Affairs and Public Service.

As the Director of Community Affairs and Public Services, Chu has been an ambassador for KTVU and a resource for the community.  Since joining the station in 1971, she has traveled throughout California and to China and Australia, hosting and producing a number of documentaries.  She also has hosted and produced a variety of public affairs programs, including four years as a News and talk show Producer.  Some of Chu’s most memorable interviews include, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, United Farm Workers Founder Cesar Chavez and author and activist, Gloria Steinem. 

“I’ve had a chance to interview some very important people, from politicians, Hollywood stars and athletes and they were all fascinating.  But with that said, my most memorable interviews would include all of those strong and brave individuals who allowed me to share their stories on their struggles and success in overcoming the human condition.  From incredibly difficult life challenges of illness and injustice to domestic violence, they all showed that people are resilient and hopeful” said Chu.

“As I come across people in the community every day and they hear you work for KTVU, many of them talk about being on Rosy’s show.  There are countless companies in the Bay Area that Rosy has touched.  Small or big, Rosy’s helped them all get their message out there.” said KTVU Director of Broadcast Operations Jim Haman.

Chu was among the first woman of Asian descent to work behind-the-scenes in the television industry.  She was the first Asian American woman to host and produce a regularly scheduled talk show, “All the People” in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She was an early member of Asians in Mass Media and the National Asian American Telecommunications Association.  Chu also served on the founding Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chapter of Asian American Journalist Association and was the first Asian American on the Board of Governor’s for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 1990, Chu helped launch “Bay Area People,” the Bay Area’s longest running public affairs program.  She has also directed some of the Bay Area’s largest television public affairs projects such as Family 2 Family, One Warm Coat and Cox Conserves Heroes.

In 2005, Chu was inducted into the Silver Circle Club of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (SF Chapter).  She has been nominated for 8 regional Emmy Awards, winning 1.  Her work has been recognized by numerous community groups and national organizations including: The Take A Bigger Role Life Savers Video Excellence Award; the National Broadcasters Association Children’s Television Award; N.Y. Film and Video Festival Awards, California School Boards Foundation Documentary Media Award, the California Teachers’ Association Media Excellence Awards and American Women in Radio and Television.  In 2010, Chu was recognized   by the Asian American Journalist Association as being a pioneer and one of the first Asian American public affairs producer, host and manager in television. Most recently Chu was recognized in 2012 by the Black Women Organized for Political Action as a Powerful Women of the Bay, recognizing her contributions as an outstanding woman in her field.

Chu was also honored with being asked to record her personal story as part of StoryCorps, an independent non-profit project.  The project honors and celebrates the lives of Americans through the capturing of oral histories. 

Chu’s family has been a big part of her KTVU career. She met her husband at the station and the birth of her daughter was covered on the News as a part of a Father’s Day report. 

“There are two things that I will really miss about KTVU.  The first is the great family that I have acquired over the past 42 years at KTVU.  I grew up here at the station and there are a lot of people that have become family, sharing life together as we work side-by-side.  The second is the terrific Bay Area community in which I’ve had the pleasure to serve.  I’ll truly miss working with those who are making their marks on our community, especially the large number of community groups that make a difference in our life and in our society,” said Chu.

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