NABJ Mourns the Loss of Pioneering Black Journalist Ben Williams
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Ben Williams , KPIX-TV
WASHINGTON (December 19, 2012) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of legendary black journalist Ben Williams.
A trailblazer, he would become the first African-American reporter at the San Francisco Examiner in 1962. Four years later he shattered another glass door when he transitioned to television as the Bay Area’s first African-American television reporter. He worked at KPIX-TV for more than 25 years, alongside two other respected black broadcasters former KPIX reporters Belva Davis and Barbara Rodgers.
Williams who was born in St. Louis studied journalism at Lincoln University in Missouri, and then at San Francisco State University. During the course of his career he earned two Emmys, the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Award. In 2000 he was a Silver Circle Inductee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Northern California chapter).
Williams passed away of cardiac arrest at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California on Monday, December 17, 2012. He was 85. Two sons, Gregory and Alan Williams, predeceased him in death.
NABJ offers its sincerest condolences to Mr. Williams’ wife of 59 years Mrs. Vivian Williams, his son, Ben Williams, Jr., daughter-in-law Michelle, two grandchildren, Olivia and Aleah, and his many colleagues and friends.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.