New 8 Throwback: San Diego news crews visit China, Soviet Union in the 1980s


SAN DIEGO — This week’s News 8 Throwback not only takes us back in time – but also to the other side of the globe. In the 1980s, some of our news crews ventured far from San Diego for stories in China and the Soviet Union.  

These clips are the resulting half-hour pieces on each destination. The News 8 archives include more “Around the World with News 8” features which we will share soon. The next set will show off some more tropical destinations our reporters visited decades ago.  

Bon voyage!  

In 1982, News 8 reporter Hal Clement and photojournalist Bruce Patch (who is still at KFMB today!) were sent to China after getting an invite to travel with the UCSD baseball team. They would be the first United States baseball team to visit the country. Hal notes that baseball was just a part of the unforgettable trip which included sampling of authentic Chinese cuisine, conversations with local students, a trip to the Great Wall and much more. See more of Mr. Clement’s memories of the trip following the video.  


“It came out of the blue. It was 1982, and UCSD contacted News 8 to ask if we would be interested…

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