Larry Himmel, longtime KFMB/Channel 8 reporter, television broadcaster, San Diego personality, and close friend to ZCode Media, recently passed away after his brave battle with cancer. Larry had been a loyal local reporter for the station since 1979, bringing an unparalleled sense of humor and artistry to the air. The news of Larry’s passing spread during Channel 8’s 11 p.m. broadcast in which Larry’s co-workers reminisced and shared stories about their time with him.

As a reporter, Larry was larger than life and extremely well-respected in his field. He is known as one of the best feature reporters in his industry and is the recipient of over a dozen Emmy Awards. He was the type of reporter that went above and beyond to deliver a story. During the 2007 wildfires, Larry gained national attention for famously reporting in front his burning home in 92127. In 2012, when 92127 Magazine’s cover feature included Larry, his family and his story of that day, he discussed the events that led up to the chilling and heartbreaking live report.

A friend of the ZCode Media family, Larry was a supporter of the local magazines and community news as a whole. Known for his quirky and off-beat video stories, he featured ZCode’s magazines in a report about the five year anniversary of the Witch Creek Fire. CBS has produced a touching video tribute to Larry on its site. It can be accessed at Guests are encouraged to sign the guest book in honor of one of San Diego’s legendary reporters.