Fishman hospitalized after collapse

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Hal Fishman, the longtime news anchor for KTLA -TV Los Angeles, is being treated for colon cancer after a collapse at his home last week led to his hospitalization.

Fishman, 75, collapsed at his home last week and was hospitalized for a serious infection, according to the L.A.-based TV station, which made the announcement Thursday during its 10 p.m. newscast.

While undergoing treatment for his infection, doctors discovered that Fishman has colon cancer, which had spread to his liver, a spokesman for the Tribune-owned station said.

The spokesman added that Fishman on Friday was awake and resting and is planning to fight the illness. No other details about his condition were available.

"The station has Hal in its heart and prayers, and we wish him the best for a speedy recovery," the spokesman said.

In a posting on its Web site Friday, KLTA said that "dozens of well-wishers" had sent messages in response to the news about Fishman's hospitalization and that Fishman had expressed his thanks for the messages.

Fishman, a 45-year news veteran, joined KTLA in 1965 and has anchored its 10 p.m. newscast since 1975. He has reported on the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake and the 1991 Rodney King beating, among others.

He also serves as managing editor of "KTLA Prime News" and is known for his regular commentaries on the newscast.

Among his honors are a Governor's Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1992, Fishman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Eight years later, KTLA named its newsroom the "Hal Fishman Newsroom" in recognition of his services to the community and station. He also received the Associated Press Television-Radio Assn.'s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Fishman also is a former political science professor, author and an aviation enthusiast, holding several records for speed and altitude.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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