Tom Vacar Wiki
Tom Vacar is an American journalist who currently works for KTVU. He has previously worked for, WJW-TV on “PM Magazine” in 1977. In 1979 he went to KGO, then KCBS and KTTV.
Tom Vacar Biography
He attended Salem High School in Ohio and graduated in the class of 1967. He then joined Case Western Reserve University from 1967-1972.
Tom began his career on WJW-TV in Cleveland in 1977 on “PM Magazine.” He went to KGO in 1979, then to KCBS, KTTV, and is currently at KTVU. As a consumer reporter, he has helped to remember more than a million Dodge vans, helped bring the passage of Proposal 103, is the founder of the Great American Toy Test which is in its 24th year. He has won over 40 major awards for journalism. His business passion is quite evident. He hasn’t missed a working day since 1980. The Great American Toy Test has been nominated for this year’s National Community Service Award Emmy.
Tom Vacar Age
Tom was born and raised in the small industrial town of Salem, Ohio, United States. His birthdate and year have not been revealed. We will update you as soon as we get them.
Tom Vacar Family
Tom is the son of a single mom who sacrificed a lot to make sure he got an education.
Tom Vacar Wife
Tom is married to Sharon Navratil, who is also his producer.
Tom Vacar Children
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Tom Vacar Height
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Tom Vacar Salary
Tom’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Tom Vacar Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be around $250k.
Tom Vacar Story
I dislike discrimination in any form. Being a child from a low-income family, I always dreamed of big opportunities and faraway places. Two of those places, Africa and Australia, based on trips there, are now my favorites. They will also be included in future travel plans to Western Australia and the Botswanan Okavango Delta.
I’ve been a long time television and radio consumer and investigative journalist for more than 30 years. That was followed by a law degree, earned at night while I worked as a consumer advocate. I was one of the first “Nader’s Raiders” who helped craft some of the first true automobile consumer protection laws by establishing the Auto Safety Research Center at my alma mater, Case Western Reserve University in the turbulent 1960s.
I’ve spent almost all my post-Salem life in major cities such as Cleveland (WJW), San Francisco (KTVU & KGO) and Los Angeles (KCBS & KTTV). Television was and remains a passion.
Over the years, reporting has given me many remarkable opportunities and memories. One of my investigations was responsible for the recall of 1.5 million defective Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler.
Other investigations led to creating enough evidence to get prosecutors to indict and jail two elder abuse scammers, an amoral family of contractors and a man who used his religious standing to scam investors out of millions of dollars.
My long investigation into auto insurance prices is considered by many experts as the basis for the passage of California Proposition 103 which, for the first time, forced auto, home, and business insurers to justify price increases; a law that has saved Californians billions of dollars.
I was the first reporter to the intersection of L.A.’s Florence and Normandie during the Rodney King Riots where I was attacked but, fortunately, not injured.
I’ve done stores in Japan, Honduras, the Middle East, and Africa.
For 28 years, I ran the Great American Toy Test, a syndicated series of news reports and a half hour special. In those years we tested tens of thousands of toys in cities all over America with our television partners.
I’ve been able to pursue a lifelong interest is aviation and space. I’ve been to two shuttle launches and four landings. I’ve done stories on how once nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles were recycled into launchers for communications satellites.
I’ve been to pretty much every major aerospace company in the West including Boeing, McDonnel Douglas, Northrop, Hughes, TRW, Rocketdyne and many, many more.
I covered the round the world journey of the Voyager from Mojave Airport to its landing at Edwards Air Force Base. I’ve done many stories, for many years, on the commercialization of space beginning with communications satellites to the current entrepreneurs such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.
I’ve covered business for decades including Apple, almost from the beginning.
I’ve covered every major California earthquake; my first was one in Livermore in the early 1980s. The most recent on, in Napa last year, earned my sixth Emmy.
For the better part of two years, I often covered the California Energy Crisis which damaged California’s economy. Those who gouged California, such as Enron, either failed or were heavily penalized for their illegal actions. I won an Emmy for Continuing Coverage on that crisis.
I extensively covered two stock market crashes; one in the 1980s and the recent Great Recession. I covered the original dot com boom and bust in the early 2000’s and warned people not to fall prey to stocks that seemed to be valueless.
I was one of the lead reporters on the PG&E gas explosion and fire in 2010 in San Bruno and provided continuing coverage ever since as PG&E rebuilds its system.
I covered the Bay Bridge when it was damaged by an earthquake. 24 years later, after covering its entire 11-year replacement construction, I was there the day it opened. Since then, I have been a lead reporter in covering the many construction issues that still plague it.
The current California drought is only the latest of a long line of dry periods I’ve covered. Recently, I was a lead reporter on the West Coast port slowdowns that damaged the economy. I covered the West Coast port lockout extensively 12 years ago. Most of my port reports were on the economic value these major infrastructures provide.
Over the decades, I’ve met a lot of famous and infamous people. Three of my favorites: Alan Shepard, America’s first astronaut in space, Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 fame and Right Stuff Legend Chuck Yeager.
In these decades I’ve been fortunate to have been awarded many honors, including 6 Emmy’s, 5 Golden Mikes, The Aviation & Space Writer’s Streibig Trophy, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Public service Award, an Ohio State Award and a couple dozen other national and major market awards including one from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the Internal Revenue Service.
While in the Army I won the American Spirit Honor Medal from the Committee for the Guard & Reserve.
I was honored to be elected into the Silver Circle if the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
I haven’t called in sick for work since 1981, because I don’t want to miss anything.
I have three hobbies: singing and songwriting, still photography and two great cats.