Photo courtesy of Spencer Brown

For more than three decades, Carolyn Tyler was a fixture in Bay Area news, reporting and anchoring at ABC7. Growing up in the 1960s and ’70s in Cheyenne, Wyoming (with 10 siblings!), Tyler watched the civil rights movement and the historic events of the day come to life through the family television set. Like many women of that era, she thought she would become a teacher or a nurse, but when Tyler was in college she met a Black anchorwoman, changing the trajectory of her life and career. The rest, as she says, was history.

Tyler retired from her day job in 2018 and is now enjoying the simple pleasures in life that a full-time reporter in a top media market has little time to savor. I caught up with her recently, over a leisurely lunch of salad and sparkling wine. Our conversation ran the gamut, from the power of her mother’s influence to the most memorable stories of her career to her latest starring role as a San Francisco film commissioner.

The former TV anchor with her mom and her siblings, of whom she is the third-oldest.

The former TV anchor with her mom and her siblings, of whom she is the third-oldest.

Carolyn Tyler with her mother, Mary Ann Tyler, who instilled the importance of education in her children.

Carolyn Tyler with her mother, Mary Ann Tyler, who instilled the importance of education in her children.

Tyler on assignment during her three-decade tenure with ABC7.

Tyler on assignment during her three-decade tenure with ABC7.

For her May swearing-in ceremony as a San Francisco film commissioner, which was presided over by Mayor London Breed, Tyler selected John’s Grill, where parts of 1941’s The Maltese Falcon were filmed.

For her May swearing-in ceremony as a San Francisco film commissioner, which was presided over by Mayor London Breed, Tyler selected John’s Grill, where parts of 1941’s The Maltese Falcon were filmed.