Wendy Tokuda was one of the Bay Area's most popular anchors--she had quite a run as anchor for KPIX in the 70's, 80's and 90's only Tokuda was more beloved for her personality --not her work.
Or, as many news people and industry observers told me, "She was more 'acknowledged than admired'".
Tokuda crisscrossed the state working in the city for KRON and KPIX, having a stint in LA at KNBC before returning to the city in 1997 to work back at KRON.
Believe it or not, she returned to KPIX in 2007 to work alongside co-anchor, Allen Martin.
Wendy got along with everybody --won numerous industry awards and gave a lot of time and money to her own charities and was universally loved.
Her work with longtime anchor (and Bay Area native, Dave McElhatton) was her signature reign in SF broadcasting but she had quite a bit of critics.
I recall one noted East Bay media critic who made a habit of lampooning Tokuda over her frequent on-air flubs and mispronunciations --something that dogged her for many years to come and put a damper on her overall good work.
Tokuda was once married to Richard Hall, the son of "Let's Make a Deal" game-show host, Monte Hall.
She was also one of the highest-paid TV anchors in the Bay Area with a salary of nearly $700,000.
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