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Bob Banfield

Bob Banfield
Bob Banfield was the ABC7 Eyewitness News Inland Empire bureau chief. After 43 years of service to ABC7 viewers, Banfield retired on May 27, 2010.

Bob began his broadcasting career unintentionally. An executive at WLIO in West Central Ohio heard his resonant voice and asked him to make some announcements on the station's first day on the air. Bob progressively worked at a number of Ohio radio stations in various capacities for a few years until he settled down at WHIZ in Zanesville, where he served as program director for the AM and FM radio station, as well as anchored two daily news shows for WHIZ-TV. During his 12-year tenure at WHIZ, he also hosted some of the station's programs, including "Bob Banfield's Open House" an hour-long entertainment/interview program.

In 1967, he moved his family west to join ABC7 Eyewitness News as a field reporter. Between 1970 and 1974, he also acted as news and sports reporter for "Ralph Story's A.M." (which preceded "A.M. Los Angeles"). He also wore the gourmet critic's cap for the "Friday Feast" feature of ABC7 Eyewitness News.

As a reporter in the Inland Empire since 1981, Bob said he enjoyed the broad range of challenges offered by stories Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Bob has no immediate plans for his retirement, other than trying to take things easy and spend more time with his family.