Frank Somerville has been with KTVU since 1991. He currently co-anchors the "KTVU Channel 2 News at 5," "KTVU Channel 2 News at 6" and "The Ten O'Clock News" Monday thru Friday.
He has been an anchor and reporter for nearly 30 years and has won a number of awards including four Emmys and five AP Mark Twain Awards. The "Ten O'Clock News," with Somerville as one of the anchors, has also won a Murrow award, which is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.
Somerville started his career at KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa. He then went to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, MN and WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming to KTVU.
Over the years he's covered every kind of story, from the Loma Prieta earthquake, to flying with the Blue Angels, to witnessing two executions at San Quentin.
Many people have asked him why he volunteered to watch those executions.
Somerville says there were three reasons.
"First, the more personal experiences I can have, the better that makes me as an anchor. I now have an intimate knowledge of an execution and that is important because there are over 700 people on death row and the death penalty is an issue that we’ll be reporting on for years. Second, I was curious to see what’s involved in an execution, and what the procedure is like. And finally, I wanted to see if watching an execution would impact how I felt personally about the death penalty.”
Somerville grew up in Berkeley. He’s been a vegetarian for more than 40 years. "We had chickens as pets and when my mom served chicken, I thought how can I eat that if I have pet chickens out back? So, I stopped eating chicken at age 5. By age 12, I had stopped eating all meat, fish and poultry. I don’t do it for health reasons. I do it because I don’t like killing animals. But, just for the record, I don’t think it is wrong to eat meat. In fact, both of my girls are big meat eaters.”
Somerville's wife, Donna also worked in television, as a producer on the Phil Donahue show (one of the nicest guys you will ever meet) and on the Joan Rivers Show, just to name a few. Her brother is Jay Wright, who is the head basketball coach at Villanova.
Somerville proposed to Donna live on the air during Mornings On Two. At the time she was still working in New York. "Thank God she said yes, otherwise that would have been a disaster!"
Somerville spends a lot of time volunteering for various causes. One of the most important to him is adoption because his youngest daughter is adopted. "If someone were to ask me what I am most proud of in my life, it is that we adopted Callie. Every day I can see the difference we made in her life, and every day I get to experience the difference she's made in ours."
Somerville, his wife Donna and daughters Sydney and Callie live in Oakland.
His hobbies include training in Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense) in KMXtreme in Berkeley, lifting weights, painting and playing hockey when he can.
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