I met Lloyd LaCuesta about twenty years ago, after I had just moved to California from the East Coast. We were co-emceeing an event together and, not knowing who he was at the time (other than that he was some kind of local celebrity), I innocently asked him, “Are you an actor?” To which I received a quiet chuckle.
Over the last couple of decades, I’ve come to understand the community’s fascination with him. He remains humble despite his many accomplishments and often seems surprised when he is publicly lauded. In January of this year, I received an email from his wife Lisa asking for recommendations for a party space for his retirement celebration sometime in the summer. And on June 15, he officially stepped down as South Bay Bureau Chief for KTVU Channel 2 news.
Last Thursday, June 29, over 150 movers and shakers in the Filipino community gathered at One Ferry Plaza Restaurant to celebrate Lloyd’s retirement from a long illustrious career as a journalist. After 43 years in the business, 36 of which were with KTVU Channel 2, he is looking forward to a slower paced life surrounded by family and friends, and spending time with wife, Mona Lisa Yuchengco.
Peter Hartlaub, SF Chronicle pop culture critic, refers to Lloyd as the “Iron Man of Local News” and Scott Herhold (San Jose Mercury News) says that Lloyd’s retirement “is like watching a sage old neighbor move away, a friend who could give you advice about your roof, the weather, and the kids speeding down the street.”
Cheers to Lloyd and the next chapter of your life!
- Herhold: Lloyd LaCuesta calls it quits (mercurynews.com)