Judd McIlvain, Former Consumer Advocate for KCBS-TV, Dies at 73
He was known for his popular "Troubleshooter" reports, which came to the aid of the underdog.
Judd McIlvain, the investigative reporter and consumer advocate for KCBS-TV known for his "Troubleshooter" reports, died March 9 at his home in Woodland Hills, his family announced. He was 73.
McIlvain worked at the Los Angeles station for 10 years starting in 1988. Concurrently, he worked on the network’s 48 Hours news program with Dan Rather and later reported for ABC's 20/20.
He came up with the Troubleshooter brand at Fox’s network news division, where he started in 1986.
Earlier, the broadcast journalist worked for KHOU-TV in Houston as an assignment editor and general reporter and created the investigative series "The McIlvain Files."
At age 12, McIlvain wrote, produced and hosted Children's Digest, a kids' talk show for a local TV station in Bloomington, Ill. Three years later, he served as a radio disc jockey in Columbia, Mo., and went on produce a show, TV Dance Party, in Jefferson City, Mo.
After earning a journalism degree at Columbia University in New York, he traveled independently to Central America, where he sent war stories back to the U.S. for ABC News and United Press International.
His honors included two local Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, four Los Angeles Press Club honors and Texas’ top prize for investigative reporting, the Headliners Award. After leaving CBS, he continued to help consumers through an Internet TV show.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Herlinda, children Marisol, Aaron and Sean, brother Gary and sister Carolyne.
A memorial service will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday at Malinow Silverman Chapel, 7366 Osage Ave., Los Angeles.
Donations for the purpose of continuing his fight against elder abuse can be made payable to The Troubleshooter Foundation and sent to 23448 Bessemer St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.