Michael Tuck, whose commanding on-air presence led to long news anchorman stints in San Diego and Los Angeles, died Aug. 17 at 76 after a long battle with post-stroke complications, according to reports.
Tuck worked at KGTV in San Diego before moving to KCBS in Los Angeles from 1990-2000. He then returned to San Diego, where he finished his career at KFMB and KUSI.
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He won multiple awards during his newscasting career, including 15 regional Emmys, four Golden Mike Awards, and the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award.
Born John Michael Tuck on Sept. 10, 1945 in Silsbee, Texas, Tuck grew up in a family whose older brothers served as a role model. Cecil and Gene Tuck started in radio broadcasting, with Gene becoming a TV news anchor. Cecil, who died in 2021, was head writer of The Smother’s Brothers Comedy Hour.
While studying journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tuck worked three years at KENS-TV in San Antonio. Between 1970 and 1978, Tuck worked at KTVU in San Francisco and WCAU in Philadelphia, then moved to KFMB in San Diego in 1978. He moved to KGTV in 1984.
Tuck’s survivors include his wife, Jill; sons Collin and Jackson, and daughter Tyler; his brother Gene, and his sister, Elizabeth Olivia.
A private memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, Jill Tuck requests that people offer “an unexpected act of kindness for the voiceless.”
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