SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Longtime KPIX 5 Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales announced Thursday she was stepping down to begin her own production company and follow her dream of creating a syndicated travel show.

Gonzales, who has been at KPIX 5 for 21 years, has been a familiar face in Bay Area living rooms, helping viewers begin their day informed about how the daily forecast would turn out.

She said her decision to leave was a difficult one to make.

“I sincerely and wholeheartedly want to thank CBS for the privilege working over two decades at KPIX!” she wrote in a letter to the staff. “It has been an honor I have never taken lightly.”

Gonzales also was a regular contributor on KCBS All News 106.9 fm and 740 am.

“I want to thank KPIX 5 News Director Dan Rosenheim for his unwavering solid support during our years working together,” she said in her letter. “Many thanks to Interim News Director Jennifer Seelig and the entire staff at KCBS Radio.”

She wanted to assure the charities that she has worked with over the years that her community involvement was not coming to an end.

“While I will not be a daily fixture on television, I will be working daily with the charities I have grown to love, and I embrace the opportunity to work with new organizations,” she wrote. “It is the Community who has made my career so fulfilling and it is the community I will continue to serve.”

She said Roberta Gonzales Productions would be located in the East Bay with an aim at distributing her travel show by January 2018.

When asked about her best memories in her 21 years at KPIX 5, Gonzales listed six:

  • Reporting on El Niño (1997-1998)
  • Selected to carry the Winter Olympics Torch (2002)
  • Reporting from Australia for Eye On The Bay (“which gave me my Travel Show idea!”)
  • (2008) “Where’s Roberta?” (“Every segment!”)
  • (2014-2015) Riding in the Goodyear Blimp
  • (2016) Reporting on epic winter rains

She also shared her darkest day in broadcasting — the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 and the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.

Gonzales said her final broadcast would be Friday, September 29th.

“I am thrilled to begin my “second chapter in life” with a different voice, force and form!” she said.

Comments (7)
  1. I shall dearly miss you and your morning broadcast Roberta. I remember you from your first days at KPIX. My late wife and I would rise around 6:00 a.m. and the first thing we turned on in our bedroom was the TV to catch the news and your weather forecast. You were always spot on and your liveliness and perkiness at that early hour was an inspiration for me starting a new day. The only time I ever saw you in person was when we shared an elevator at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. My wife and I were attending the wedding of our youngest daughter. You were in your skiing attire, obviously headed for the slopes. Afterwards I said to myself, ‘she is more attractive in person than on TV’. I wish you good luck in your future endeavor and I hope to see your great smile again in the future. Best regards, Art Ritchie

  2. Good luck, Roberta! We’ve been watching you for years, you will be missed. 🙁

  3. Pat Katz says:

    Congratulations on your entire life! Congratulations on your new decision and continued success in all your endeavors!

  4. I wondered why I hadn’t seen or heard Roberta on TV or the radio; got a little sidetracked myself. Goodheavens. Bye fore now Roberta.(did she know about the Dish threat?) November 20, 2017