Former TV news anchor named president of Golden Gate Bridge authority

'We have some very difficult fiscal challenges ahead of us,' Janet Reilly says

Janet Reilly, a former TV news anchor and unsuccessful candidate for San Francisco supervisor last November, was chosen president of the Golden Gate Bridge's governing authority Saturday.

Reilly has served as a member of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board since 2003. She is one of four members of the public appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the 19-member body. One other member is appointed by the mayor, and four others are on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Reilly previously worked as a TV news anchor, served as an aide to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and was a public relations manager for Mervyn's department stores. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters.

In a statement released by the district, Reilly said she was honored to serve as board president.

"I recognize and fully appreciate that we have some very difficult fiscal challenges ahead of us, but we will continue to thrive and provide our much needed bridge, bus, and ferry services," Reilly said.

Reilly also noted that a celebration is planned for the iconic bridge's 75th anniversary in May 2012.

In November, Reilly lost a close race for supervisor of San Francisco's District 2 to investment banker Mark Farrell.

Reilly began her career as an anchorwoman-reporter for CBS-affiliate KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from UCLA. Janet is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Masters degree in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Janet Reilly is married to businessman Clint Reilly. Clint is the owner of the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco's financial district, as well as other real estate properties. He is a former president of the board of directors of Catholic Charities CYO but is not currently a member of that board.

Ari Burack, Bay City News, contributed to this report.

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