Honored for her pioneering work locally and nationally
By Wade Woods
The National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) will induct four pioneers in journalism and civil rights into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held Thursday, July 24, at the 2008 UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention in Chicago.
“Black journalist owe so much to these trailblazers who made it possible for journalists of color to have a voice in today’s newsrooms,” said NABJ president Barbara Ciara, “We are grateful for their tremendous impact on journalism and service to the black community. Their induction into the NABJ hall of Fame is our homage to their legendary contribution,” added Ciara,
Belva Davis began her career as a freelance writer for JET magazine and a reporter for the Sun Reporter and later became the first African American woman news reporter/broadcaster on the West Coast at KPIX-TV in 1966. While there, she created and hosted “All Together Now,” one of the country’s first primetime public affairs TV programs. In 1977, she joined PBS affiliate KQED-TV Channel 9 in San Francisco where she anchored and produced news programs. From 1981 until 1999, she worked for KRON-TV as a special projects reporter. She currently hosts This Week in Northern California on KQED.
Davis is the winner of numerous awards for her broadcast stories and coverage. She has been recognized nationally by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Education Writers Association and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Davis is a labor activist, serving as national vice president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist and is the former Board President of the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora.
Also being inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame is Vernon Jarrett, a legend in Chicago Journalism. Jarrett was the first black syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and has been reporting on the Chicago black community for over sixty years.