Unlike many anchors, KCBS-TV Channel 2's Harold Greene started out as a news writer, cameraman and producer in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego, where he grew up, before moving in front of the camera.
At KCBS he was paired with longtime co-anchor Ann Martin. Like the Hollywood sign and the Cinerama Dome, Greene and Martin were fixtures of Hollywood, hard to miss on huge billboards plastered on the station's former headquarters as they smiled down on travelers zooming along Sunset Boulevard.
Mainstays on the local news for more than three decades at two stations — the pair had also been partners at KABC-TV Channel 7's "Eyewitness News" — Martin and Greene were reflective of the celebrity status bestowed upon anchors, the most visible and highest-paid members of Los Angeles news operations. Even their moves to rival KCBS — Martin in 1994, Greene in 2001 — created their own buzz.
Greene and Martin first reported the news together in the 1980s and '90s at KABC-TV. KCBS, which was stuck in third place in the TV news ratings, hired Martin and then Greene in hopes of reversing the station's fortunes.
In 2008, the pair was let go by KCBS, part of a swarm of budget cuts at CBS affiliates nationwide.