Longtime Bay Area News Producer Leaves TV After 41 Years

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

A longtime Bay Area news producer has wrapped up a 41-year career in television news, most of it spent in the Bay Area.

Randall Yip announced in early April that his illustrious Bay Area TV news career was coming to an end and he was leaving KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco after 20 years as a senior producer there. 

Yip joined the station in 2003. He is no stranger to Bay Area television. Besides his work at KGO-TV, where he built upon and protected the station’s brand with its most popular reporter, 7 On Your Side’s consumer reporter, Michael Finney, as a champion for the consumer, Yip also interacted with station followers on social media and generated and cultivated news contacts to win exclusive leads. 

He is also the founder and executive editor of AsAmNews, named in 2019 as the No. 1 Asian American news site by Cision Media. In his role there, Yip leads a staff of more than 20 journalists and interns for the all-volunteer, daily news website. Though he has left TV news, Yip will now focus even more on his non-profit news site. 

“It’s been a wonderful ride in television,” Yip said. “I’ve had the opportunity to help consumers right a wrong as well as educate them about their rights. I’ve been blessed to launch several newscasts with teams of professionals that became lifelong friends and just as importantly, I’ve mentored the next generation.”

Prior to joining KGO-TV, Yip was morning news executive producer, from 2001 to 2003, at KNTV in San Jose, the now-former ABC affiliate that has been an NBC-owned station, branded today as NBC Bay Area, since 2002. From 1996 to 2001, Yip was executive producer of Good Day Oregon at KPTV in Portland. He began his television career in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, he was with KMST (now KION) in Monterey.