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From December 1993 until September 2007, he anchored, with Christine Devine, the 10 p.m. newscast at KTTV in Los Angeles. Prior to KTTV, Beard was a longtime anchor at KNBC-TV, beginning a 13-year career at the station in 1980. It was during one of Beard's newscasts at KNBC that a mentally unbalanced viewer went onto the news set and forced consumer advocate David Horowitz to read the man's manifesto at gunpoint. Once Horowitz finished reading the paper, the man set the gun down on the desk, at which time Beard quickly grabbed it.
He has appeared as himself and newscaster roles in television series including Spider-Man, Arrested Development (on which he made twenty-four appearances as himself, including the fourth season, which was filmed after he relocated to Buffalo) and 24.
Beard left KTTV in December 2007. According to his personal website, he was excused (despite the highest ratings in station history) after a fight to do more substantial news and less celebrity fluff. Beard had left KNBC in 1993 after refusing to read inaccurate news copy and celebrity stories (particularly regarding pop singer Michael Jackson), to go to KTTV. KNBC management at the time let him out of his contract to go to a "lesser" station, but would not release him to go to KABC or KCBS because they didn't want to compete against him.
In Buffalo, Beard is now an anchor for Channel 2 News Daybreak and Midday on WGRZ, and has helped propel WGRZ's morning newscast, Daybreak, into first place in Buffalo's Nielsen ratings. Beard has expressed interest in renewing his contract in Buffalo when it expires.
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