He shared the information at a San Ramon Valley Kiwanis gathering at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo last week, said Realtor Becky Sargent, who has started a grassroots campaign to inform KTVU that removing Curtis is a mistake.
"Mark is the face of KTVU in our Tri-Valley," Sargent said. "His abounding dedication, generosity ... sincerity is unparalleled."
Curtis said company policy prohibited him from commenting to the media about the status of his employment. KTVU General Manager Tim McVay said Tuesday that Curtis was at that point still the anchor man for KTVU morning news.
"Beyond that we don't discuss personnel matters," he added.
Curtis has been heavily involved in the Danville community. He has volunteered for many organizations, which include Street Smarts, Sentinels of Freedom, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, San Ramon Valley Rotary Club, the Umbrella of Churches and several schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
"He's just an excellent anchor and a good, decent representative from the media," Sargent said. "He's an asset to our community."
Curtis has been on KTVU FOX 2 since 1993, and he started as a correspondent for the station's Washington, D.C., bureau, according to the station's Web site. He grew up in Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in broadcast communication from Marquette University in 1981. In 1986, he received a master's degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
He spent about two years in Gainesville working at WCJB-TV20 as a general assignment reporter and as bureau chief in the Central Florida regional news bureau. He worked as a Congressional Fellow in the House Judiciary Subcommittee of U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer, (D., N.Y.), as well as for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, (D, Wisconsin). Curtis returned to broadcasting in 1993.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association's "1989 Best Documentary" for a report on sightings of unidentified flying objects. The Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association honored him with three awards for his news work.