Tom Vacar

Tom Vacar


After two years of freelancing while working full time in L.A., Tom became a full-time staff member of KTVU as Consumer Editor, in 1991. 

Tom has covered every major disaster including earthquakes, wildfires, floods, levee breaks and droughts and has had a big hand in covering business, economics, consumer affairs, aerospace, space, the military, high technology, ports, logistics, airlines and general news.

 Tom worked at KGO TV and KGO Radio from 1979-1985. He moved to KCBS-TV and KNX News Radio in 1985 before moving to KTTV in 1988. 

Tom is originally from Salem, Ohio (a small industrial town of 11,000 people between Cleveland and Pittsburgh). He got his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in 1972 as a designated Undergraduate Scholar. Tom got his Law Degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1978.

In his 31 years at KTVU, he calculates that he has covered 8,000 stories. For 18 years, KTVU was home to Tom’s syndicated Great American Toy Test (nominated for a national Emmy). He has covered many major disasters including the Caldor Fire in Lake Tahoe, the L.A. quake in 1994, the Napa Quake, the Great Recession, the Pandemic and the long drought.

Tom loves the diversity of the region’s people, cultures and ethnicities.  That, he says, is what truly makes the Bay Area’s natural beauty even more beautiful. 

Tom shoots still pictures, mostly of wildlife while traveling with his wife Sharon, a former SF Opera soprano who also worked as a producer for 17 years. He has also traveled to England, Italy, Japan, Honduras, Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, The Grenadines, St. Martin. Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Society Islands, Panama, etc.

The latest from Tom Vacar

Despite layoffs, one million California jobs remain open

Executive outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas says layoffs more than doubled last month. But with unemployment at just 3.7%, and continuing to decrease, a more in depth and in perspective look at the numbers is important.

Is this a good time to buy a house? Maybe

Home sales across California and the rest of the nation have plunged over the last several months. Now banks are anxious to lend money so, they have lowered their rates.