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Journalist, Ex-El Cerritan Belva Davis to Retire

Belva Davis, whose family chose El Cerrito to buy their first home after migrating to California, spent nearly 50 years as a reporter and commentator for KPIX, KRON and KQED.

Former El Cerrito resident and well-known Bay Area journalist Belva Davis, the first black woman hired as a television news reporter in the western United States, has announced she’s retiring.

Davis spent over four decades reporting for Bay Area media outlets, most recently for KQED. She covered many top stories, including the Berkeley student protests, the birth of the Black Panthers, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and the AIDS epidemic.

Last year, Davis published an autobiography, Never in My Wildest Dreams, with co-author Vicki Haddock. She talked about the book and her life in an interview with Diablo magazine.

Davis was born to a 15-year-old Louisiana laundress in 1932, and her family moved before World War II to the West Coast, settling first in Oakland and then in El Cerrito. She now lives in San Francisco and spends part-time in Petaluma.

She has won eight local Emmys and a number of Lifetime Achievement awards – including honors from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the National Association of Black Journalists', and the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

John Stashik February 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
A classy broadcaster. I did not know Belva once lived in EC.
Dorothy Coakley February 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Belva Davis came into the Bernal Heights (SFPL) branch where I was working circa 1980. She was even classier in real life than on the tube. Truly a gentlewoman. Had I known that she had a Gaucho background, I would have.,...naah...dropping to my knees and begging for her return to *our* hometown would have been too gauche.

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