Bob Long retired today as news director of KNBC-TV Channel 4 after six years in the position.
Long was KNBC's managing editor from 1997-99, and then became vice president of news and operations of WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C. Long returned to KNBC in 2003.
Long was an executive producer for "World Report" at CBS-TV from 1995-97, managing editor and executive producer at KCOP-TV Channel 13 from 1991-95.
Long's other positions include being a rewrite man for The Associated Press; a news writer at KNXT-TV Channel 2 (now KCBS); producing the 1976-82 syndicated documentary series ``In Search Of...''; and senior field producer for the 1979-84 NBC human interest series, ``Real People.''
Long founded and owned the independent production company, Robert Long Productions, which produced documentaries from 1975-92.
Long also produced the 1984 made-for-television movie ``Two Fathers, Justice,'' starring Robert Conrad and George Hamilton.
Long will teach a class in journalism ethics at Turkey's Bahcesehir University beginning next month.
``Those of us who have worked with Bob are members of a small and privileged club,'' KNBC general manager Craig Robinson said. `` Trying to explain the gift of this experience to someone who hasn't is nearly impossible. He taught us something every day and every morsel was accomplished by laughter and humor. I had the rare chance to work with him twice and I don't take that privilege lightly ''