Martin Burns, Fox 11 and ex-KCET producer was 56

martin-burns-fox11.jpgFox 11 News in Los Angeles reported that its staffer Martin Burns was the hiker who died Sunday in a hiking accident in the foothills above Altadena. His body was found at the bottom of a steep ravine below the trail that leads to Inspiration Point. He apparently had fallen. Burns was an investigative reporter and producer at Fox 11. He previously worked at KCET-TV, and is being remembered fondly on Facebook by ex-colleagues from that station.

From the Fox 11 web story:

From Kingsley Smith, VP News Director:

"Martin Burns made me feel welcome in a new place. He made a personal difference in my professional life every day. Whenever he stopped by to share a story, I saw the deep passion and dedication in his work and projects. Put simply, he was a caring soul. He never complained and always worked with grace and dignity. He is on the short list of people that NO ONE ever complained about, ever. I will miss him. This newsroom will miss him. Our viewers will miss him."

From Gina Silva, Investigative Reporter:

"A week ago, I sat down with my colleague Martin Burns, a producer in our investigative unit. We talked about our future stories and joked that we couldn't wait to retire so we could start living a 'life of leisure'.

"We often talked about giving it all up. But truthfully, Martin loved what he did. He was passionate about his work, always putting in extra hours and even investigating stories on his time off. His mission was simple: get some kind of justice for people who were scammed or hurt by a corrupt system."

Fox 11 photo: Burns and anchor Araksya Karapetyan

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