Emmy Award-winning TV journalist Leslie Griffith, who most notably anchored the Ten O'clock News on KTVU Channel 2,

died at the age of 66 on Aug. 10 in Lake Chapala, Mexico, where she had home, KTVU reported.

A family member told KTVU that Griffith died "from the effects of  Lyme Disease since she was bitten by a tick while living in Oregon in  2015."

Born in Tomball, Texas, Griffith started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter for the Associated Press and Denver Post.

She joined KTVU in 1986 as a weekend reporter and anchor, and with her alto voice and steadfast reporting

she worked her way up to become an influential force in Bay Area journalism, the East Bay Times reported.