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KQED’s Belva Davis to hang up her microphone

Thursday, February 23, 2012

imageThe groundbreaking local TV journalist and for 19 years the host of KQED’s “This Week in Northern California” is retiring after almost a half-century in Bay Area broadcasting. Her last broadcast will be Nov. 9. No indication yet about a replacement.

Add: As the first black TV reporter on the West Coast, she was a fixture for years at KPIX (CBS 5) and KRON 4, covering the Free Speech movement at UC Berkeley, the birth of the Black Panthers, the People’s Temple cult, and a host of other stories from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Her autobiography, “Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism” was published last year.

Noted: The book retraces her being born into poverty in Depression-era Louisiana and her growing up in Oakland and Berkeley. And it also serves as a primer on how times have changed. In an opening scene, Davis, then a young radio reporter, and her news director, Louis Freeman, are chased from the Cow Palace by an angry crowd screaming racial slurs at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Chronicle; Mercury News

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