Rob Roth

My career at KTVU has taken me from the middle of the devastating Oakland Hills Fire to the crumbling sewer system far below the streets of San Francisco.

But my three best stories are my wife and two kids.

For the past few summers my teenage son and I have been hopscotching across the country to see a baseball game in every Major League ballpark. Each season we bite off a different piece of geography, checking out not only each park’s unique characteristics, nuances  and food, but also each city.

So while some may spend their summers in Rome, Paris, or Lake Tahoe, you will catch us in Pittsburg, Cincinnati or Milwaukee. It has truly been an amazing adventure. I can also say, as great as so many of the ballparks are, the best ball yard is AT&T right here in our own backyard.

   I've learned so much more than baseball from these trips. Fatherhood. My son. The teenage mind.  And of course about this country.

   The opportunity to learn is what drew me to journalism. Every day is different. I meet people often on either the best day of their life…or their worst. We sometimes get to meet famous athletes and movie stars but the people who move me the most are those that few have ever heard of.

I am forever in awe of the heartbroken mothers and fathers who have shared with us how violence suddenly and unmercifully took the lives of their children, hoping that speaking about it will maybe prevent someone else from suffering the same sorrow.

I feel honored to be able to tell such a variety of stories, from a combat veteran describing a PTSD episode he had while stuck in traffic in San Francisco, to a young homeless girl in tears because her classmates made fun of her because she often had to wear the same clothes each day.

If you are still reading this, I thank you. I also thank you for watching KTVU News. Maybe I’ll see you on TV, or at the ballpark.have a daughter and a son.

 

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