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November 6, 2012 > Belva Davis to host her final KQED broadcast

Belva Davis to host her final KQED broadcast

Submitted By Evren Odcikin

Belva Davis, the award-winning host of KQED Public Television's weekly public affairs program, This Week in Northern California, will be at the helm of her final broadcast on Friday, November 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature an interview with one of the great voices of contemporary literature Maya Angelou, who, like Davis, has had an immense impact on the advancement of civil rights through her work as a poet, educator, historian and best-selling author. Davis will also lead a roundtable discussion and analysis of election results with noted Bay Area journalists.

"I have enjoyed a unique and long career here in the Bay Area and have been witness to some of the most explosive stories of the last half century," says Davis, who has received several dozen awards for her journalism, including eight local Emmys. "I'm truly thankful for the support of everyone at KQED and the loyalty of our audiences throughout my time on the air."

"Belva Davis is an icon of fair, thorough and local journalism and she has opened up so many doors for women and African Americans in television and beyond," said John Boland, KQED president. "We count ourselves lucky to have had such a trailblazer as part of the KQED family. We will continue our commitment to our weekly public affairs and news programming and will build on the insightful and thought-provoking coverage that Belva has so brilliantly led over the last two decades."

It's poignant that Davis's acclaimed career spanning almost five decades will culminate with the 2012 election. She started her journalism career in 1964 covering Barry Goldwater's nomination at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco. Davis traveled to both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this year to provide coverage of the California delegations. She will be hosting the KQED Election Night Special, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KQED 9 immediately following the PBS NewsHour national coverage.

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