RTDNA announces 2013 John F. Hogan Award winner

May 13, 2013 09:00

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winner of the 2013 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.

This year’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award will be presented to longtime San Francisco television reporter and anchor Belva Davis.

"Belva Davis embodies the very best of our profession," said RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy.  "At a time when women of color were rarely seen on television, let alone presenting the news, she blazed a trail for a generation of journalists."

"Through hard work and determination, Belva Davis became one of her area’s most trusted voices," added RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "We’re proud to honor the outstanding contributions she’s made throughout her 50-year career."

The award will be presented on Sunday, August 25 at 5:30pm PDT at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 national convention, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, California, followed by a reception for Davis.

About Belva Davis
Belva Davis was the first black female anchor in the West. At a time when stories about African Americans and/or women rarely made the news, Davis, a young single mother struggling to raise two small children, refused to be deterred – the fact that a racist mob pummeled her with insults and trash at the 1964 GOP convention only made her more determined to persevere. And ultimately she did, rising to become one of the most respected and trusted local journalists in the country. She retired last November. She has won eight regional Emmy Awards during her career. In 1961, Davis became an on-air interviewer for KSAN, an AM radio station broadcasting in San Francisco. She made her television debut in 1963 for KTVU, a Bay Area television station, covering an African American beauty pageant. She worked as a disc jockey for KDIA, a soul-gospel radio station based in Vallejo, California, when the 1964 Republican National Convention, located at the Cow Palace in nearby Daly City, California, inspired her to become a reporter. She worked for KNEW, an AM radio station located in Oakland, as an announcer in 1966. She became the first female African American television journalist on the West Coast when she was hired by KPIX-TV in 1966, and spent the next three decades working for KPIX, becoming an anchorwoman in 1970.  Her autobiography, entitled Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism, was published in 2010.

About the John F. Hogan Award
Named for the founder and first president of RTNDA, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award was established in 1959 to recognize an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Past Hogan Award recipients include Jorge Ramos, Lara Logan, Christopher Glenn, Don Fitzpatrick, Hugh Downs, Walter Cronkite, Terry Anderson, Rob Downey, Col. Barney Oldfield, David Sarnoff and Frank Stanton.

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries.