2014 Fourth Parade’s New Grand Marshall

Courtesy photo - Former Alameda resident Michael Finney, known for his television news segment, will serve as this year’s grand marshall.

2014 Fourth Parade’s New Grand Marshall

ABC newscaster Michael Finney, a former Alameda resident, is the Grand Marshall at this year’s Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. He is well known in the Bay Area for his 7 On Your Side reports on ABC7 News and his Consumer Talk radio show on radio KGO.

Finney’s consumer reporting has received many prestigious awards in broadcast journalism including the National academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Associated Press. Community groups such as Consumer Action, the Foundation of Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and the National Association of Consumer Advocates have also honored his work.

Finney’s Consumer Confidential was a top 10 best seller on the Amazon Business list. His new book, The Definitive Guide to Bay Area Deals, came out last year.

Last year’s grand marshal was Alameda’s Christopher Seiwald, founder and president of Performance Software.