Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Black History Month: Belva Davis

Journalism can be dangerous. Belva Davis braved not only the risks of on-the-scene coverage, but the social hazards that came with being the first Black female broadcast journalist on the West Coast. Her career started in print as a freelance writer for Jet and other publications and stretched to include gigs in radio as a disc jockey. But when she tried to break into on-air reporting—in a time when news directors claimed that Black folks couldn’t pronounce long words because our lips were “too thick to enunciate properly”—she was dismissed. Determined and always poised, the eight-time Emmy Award winner ultimately covered everything from civil rights to the Jonestown massacre in her 50-year career, which she chronicled in her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams.

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