Ronnie Fortner (October 12, 1941--February 7, 2003) was an American radio and television anchor. Fortner was born in Poteau, Oklahoma. Fortner spent more than thirty years as a broadcaster, working alongside veteran California newscaster Michael Tuck both in San Diego and San Francisco. Immediately after Fortner's death from cancer, Tuck took it upon himself to help raise college and support funds for his son, 13-year-old Blaise Alejandro Fortner. According to Tuck, 'Ron had hit on hard times over the past few years, and I wanted to do something to help. He was a terrific guy, professionally and personally.' Fortner's work in the San Diego TV market included stints at XETV-TV Channel 6 during that station's initial attempts at creating a news department.
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