Larry McCormick

Larry McCormick
KTLA

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Larry McCormick
TV: South side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Newscaster
Born Feb. 3, 1933 in Kansas City, MO
Died Aug. 27, 2004 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Longtime KTLA news anchor and public affairs host Larry McCormick was one of the first African American TV news anchormen in Los Angeles.

A stalwart at KTLA Channel 5 since 1971, when he started as a weathercaster, McCormick filled a variety of on-air roles over the years, including delivering sports news and health and fitness reports.

He also was the host of a public affairs show called "Pacesetters" for many years. And in recent years, he was cohost of "Making It: Minority Success Stories," a Sunday morning public affairs series for which he shared an Emmy in 2003.

He launched his radio career as a disc jockey and community relations director at KPRS in Kansas City, Mo., in 1957.

He moved to L.A. in 1958 and worked as a disc jockey, news reporter and talk show host at radio stations KGFJ, KDAY, KFWB, KLAC and KMPC. He also served as community affairs director at some of those stations.

Joining KCOP-TV in 1969, he became one of the first African Americans to anchor a news broadcast in Los Angeles. A year later, he became a weatherman for KABC-TV, and then it was on to KTLA.

KTLA news director Jeff Wald called McCormick, who began coanchoring "News @ Ten: Weekend Edition" in 1973, "the epitome of professionalism and class."

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