It’s a common complaint from local TV news viewers. Why does the news always have to be so bad? Aren’t there some good news stories you can report? Stories about kindness, compassion and generosity? In San Francisco, KNTV has introduced viewers to remarkable people each week since 2012.
The Bay Area Proud segments, by KNTV reporter Garvin Thomas, air each week, featuring inspiring profiles of people, groups and companies that make the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live.
And last Saturday night, KNTV celebrated its 500th Bay Area Proud story with a half-hour special.
“Producing the Bay Area Proud series has been the hands-down highlight of my broadcasting career,” said Garvin Thomas, Bay Area Proud producer and reporter.
“I feel that we’ve proven that there is an audience and an appetite in local news for well-told stories highlighting the good happening in our communities each and every day.”
Over the past 6 years Bay Area Proud has introduced viewers to remarkable people each week including the woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who with the help of complete strangers was able to plan her dream wedding in under a month.
In 2015 viewers met a 75 year old man who with a little help from a neighbor and social media was able to get his home repaired.
The Bay Area Proud series has been recognized with more than a dozen national and regional awards including an SPJ Sigma Delta Chi for feature reporting as well as multiple Edward R. Murrow, Gabriel, NPPA, and Northern California Emmy awards for reporting, writing, and photography.
To watch all Bay Area Proud stories click here.