Rita Williams was a leader in the first wave of women reporters on television 41 years ago, reporting hard news and investigative stories. She recently retired from KTVU-TV where she worked as an award winning reporter for the last 35 years. Rita started the station’s SF bureau in 1980, was its bureau chief, covered politics, the law, breaking and top stories. She was known for her exclusive interviews and stories, as well as her investigative work. Honors in her career include a George Peabody Award, the Society of Professional Journalists James Madison Award, outstanding journalism alum from Texas Tech University, Natinoal Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press Mark Twain Awards, an Emmy Award, a Telly Award and was named “Best Reporter in the West.” In 1985, Rita was selected for a prestigious year-long Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and has taught journalism there. Rita serves on the Friends of Faith Fancher Board of Directors. She has been a JobTrain supporter for several decades.