NBC News correspondent Jessica Savitch died 30 years ago this week. She was a pioneer in the male-dominated television news business of the 1970s, becoming the first female anchor in the south at KHOU-TV in Houston, the first female anchor of a prime time newscast at KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and an early female voice in network news at NBC, where she covered the U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns.
She is remembered not only by the many professional colleagues she worked with during her career but at her alma mater of Ithaca College, where a student television studio is named in her honor. And since 1983, nearly three quarters of a million dollars in scholarships have been awarded in her name at Ithaca, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, helping journalism and communications students in need of financial assistance.
For a compelling look at highlights of her career including video clips of newscasts, promos and more, visit JessicaSavitch.com.
Savitch's final newscast, courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television