...When Frank Somerville joined KTVU as co-anchor of "Mornings on 2" and "KTVU Channel 2 News at Noon" in January 1992, it was a culmination of a lifelong dream for the Berkeley native, who said he has always wanted to work at the station.
"I feel as though I've come full circle," he
said."I was an intern at KTVU
and I always dreamed that one day I would be working at this station.Yes, this is a dream come true."Somerville
currently co-anchors KTVU's
"Mornings on 2" and the weekday edition of "KTVU Channel 2 News at 5."While at KTVU
helped make "Mornings on 2" the number one morning newscast in the Bay Area.He
has also won three Emmy Awards, including one for best anchor.
Among the stories Somerville has covered while at KTVU
reports on the death penalty in California were some of the most memorable."I witnessed two executions at San Quentin," he
said."A lot of people wondered why I wanted to do that.It's because a good anchor is all about experiences.The debate over the death penalty is going to be with us for a long time, and I now have personal knowledge of what an actual execution is like."Before coming to KTVU, Somerville worked as an anchor-reporter at WJAR in Providence, R.I..
Among the stories he
covered there were two prison riots and Rhode Island's first building implosion.The implosion did not work as planned and turned into an all-day live television event, which Somerville
anchored from the field.
While in Rhode Island, Somerville's station sent him to San Francisco to cover the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.He
reported live for several days, recalling, "It was the hardest I have ever worked, but I loved every minute of it.It was just unfortunate it was such a tragic story."He
wrote and produced a half-hour special on the quake, and the program was nominated for an Emmy award.He also won an Associated Press Award for Best Spot News for his coverage of a fire in downtown Providence, and an award for a Best Feature story about an 87-year-old hockey player.Somerville also worked as an anchor-reporter at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and at KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa.He earned his B.A. in Broadcast Communications Arts at San Francisco State.While there, he was named Outstanding Broadcast Student.His
wife, Donna, is a former producer of the Phil Donahue show.Frank's proposal to Donna was "an event" on "Mornings on 2."It was broadcast live on KTVU
, with Donna's surprised reaction transmitted via satellite hookup to the Donahue studios."I caught her
totally by surprise," Frank
recalled."Thank God she
, who raised baby chickens beginning when he
was 5, has been a vegetarian since he
was 12."I told my mom I didn't want to eat chicken because we had chickens as pets, and I didn't want to eat my pets," he
eventually cut out all meat because he
didn't want to kill any animals.However, he
adds: "Even though I don't eat meat, fish or poultry, I don't judge people who do.