Ken Bastida Biography
Ken Bastida is an American news anchor for KPIX 5 News a (CBS affiliate) at 5 pm and at 11 pm. He has been a reporter with the station since 1990. Bastida began his career as a Bay Area radio host in 1978. Since then he has held on-air positions at Bay Area radio stations KFRC, KGO, KMEL, K101, KFYI, and KCBS radio.
Ken Bastida Age
Bastida was born on December 30, 1956, in San Francisco, California, United States. He is 62 years old as of 2018. He is an American by nationality and of white ethnicity.
Ken Bastida Family
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Ken Bastida Wife | Ken Bastida Children | Is Ken Bastida Married
He is a married man. Ken and his wife have two sons, a daughter and two cats named Bob and Sister. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Ken Bastida Education
He attended El Camino High school in South San Francisco. As a student in the telecommunications class, he was allowed to take home a camera. He later joined San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. In 2007, he was inducted into the University’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Ken Bastida Career
He started by recording simple voiceovers for the Sales Department before finally producing his first radio story for the News Department. He quickly learned how to edit stories using a razor blade to splice reel-to-reel tape. Ken eventually had on-air jobs at several Bay Area radio stations including KGO, KMEL, K101, and KCBS Radio. He says his time behind the microphone helped prepare him for work in front of the camera.
In 1990, during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, Ken was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody award for his contributions to KCBS Radio. He hosted HGTV’s “Landscape Smart” for four seasons where he guided homeowners trying to boost their curb appeal. When he appeared for the audition, he was asked to deliver 16 pages of copy that producers said they had sent to his home for him to memorize. He never got them, he winged it and got the job.
In 1990, Ken joined KPIX 5. His longevity here has made him one of Bay Area’s most trusted broadcast journalists in the Bay Area. Ken has won many awards, including six local Emmys. For his series, “Inside the Middle East,” he was honored for his outstanding achievement in “continuing coverage.” He also received 15 Emmy nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his outstanding work as an Anchor and Reporter. In addition, he has been recognized for excellence by the Associated Press, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Peninsula Press Club.
He was privileged to travel the world, sometimes while on KPIX 5 assignment. His most memorable reporting trips include his journey to the Middle East covering the Intifada and building Israel’s separation border in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. He covered Hurricane Iniki in 1988, the most powerful hurricane to strike Hawaii in recorded history. Ken also traveled to the Mojave Desert when it was designated as a National Park Preserve.
During major news events, he has proven to be a steady presence. He anchored the extended live coverage of KPIX 5 on September 11 as well as special coverage of the San Bruno gas explosion and the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. He also co-anchored the station’s coverage of the Giants World Series parades and anchored live from San Francisco’s Super Bowl City the days leading up to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.
Ken has a passion for reporting on the field and breaking news. “I have a lot of respect for the reporters in the field. You can’t always plan it. You have to keep calm in breaking news situations, go with your gut and trust your instincts,” he emphasizes.
Ken Bastida Net Worth
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