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As the first black female TV journalist in the West, Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of TV news Now she is sharing the story of her extraordinary life in her spellbinding memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams As literary luminary Maya Angelou observed, “No people can say they understand the times in which they have lived unless they have read this book” It offers an unflinching account of Davis’ struggle to break into broadcast journalism at a time when stories of particular importance to African Americans and women rarely made mainstream newscasts When news directors preposterously claimed that blacks couldn’t pronounce long words because their lips were “too thick to enunciate properly” When a San Francisco station manager dismissed her from a job interview by explaining that he just wasn’t “hiring any Negresses" But 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 One of her early viewers was Bill Cosby, who was then living on a houseboat in the Bay Area Cosby writes in the book's foreword, “Belva Davis was someone who sustained us, who made us proud….

She was the first woman of color that many viewers came to know and trust, and she met that challenge with integrity and dignity and grace” In a career spanning half a century, Davis has reported many of the most explosive stories of the era, including the Berkeley student protests, the birth of the Black Panthers, the Peoples Temple cult that ended in the mass suicides at Jonestown, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the onset of the AIDS epidemic -- and from Africa, the terrorist attacks that first put Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted List During her career, she soldiered in the trenches in the battle for racial equality, and brought stories of black Americans out of the shadows and into the light of day And along the way, she encountered a cavalcade of cultural icons: Malcolm X, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Nancy Reagan, Huey Newton, Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, Fidel Castro, Dianne Feinstein, Condoleezza Rice and more It has been an amazing odyssey for Davis, who was born to a 15-year-old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression Raised in the crowded projects of Oakland, confronted by racism and abuse, Davis was destined to achieve a career beyond her imagination 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 She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news Davis continues to host a weekly news roundtable and special reports at KQED, one of the nation’s leading PBS stations Davis also writes about her life as a volunteer supporting organizations focused on helping people improve and change their lives.

She is member of Links Inc and an Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority “Belva Davis has lived this country’s history as only a brave black woman could and has witnessed it as a journalist with a world-class head and heart,” noted feminist leader Gloria Steinem “I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to read her words in Never in My Wildest Dreams without becoming a better and braver person” Her memoir, written with award-winning journalist Vicki Haddock and published by PoliPoint Press, reminds us all never to fear the space between reality and our dreams .

KQEDs A Closer Look: Peoples Temple, November 20, 1978
A look at the People's Temple tragedy in Guyana, featuring Belva Davis, Dr. Carleton Goodlett, Pamela Youn, Phil Bronstein, Clem Deamicis, Nancy Steidtmann, Al Mills, Rollin Post, George Moscone,...
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Never In My Wildest Dreams, Belva
"The courageous story of a journalist who changed the face and focus of television news."
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Authors@Google: Belva Davis
Belva Davis spoke to Googlers in May, 2011 about her book Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism. About Belva Davis: Belva Davis is a history-maker, an award-winning...
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Belva Davis (2/10/11)
Belva Davis: A Bay Area Legend Tells All Broadcast Journalist; Host, "This Week In Northern California," KQED Television; Author, My Wildest Dreams In conversation with Ray Taliaferro,...
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KQED: Belva Davis
Legendary broadcaster Belva Davis of KQED was paid special tribute at the Northern California Emmy Awards. Learn more about this pioneer of television in this story reported by PBS NewsHour...
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Hunger for Success a Driving Force in Belva Davis Storied Journalism Career
Read the Transcript: Belva Davis, the first African-American woman television journalist on the West Coast, speaks with Judy Woodruff about her pioneering -- and...
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1996 Willie L. Brown, Jr. Inauguration by Belva Davis
In 1996, Belva Davis interviewed new San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown Jr. about his first days in office. The video contains inauguration day highlights and scenes of Mayor Brown's first...
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Belva Davis 1st Black Female TV Journalist Part 1
Belva Davis is the first black female TV journalist in the West. Belva Davis career spans half a century, she has reported many of the most explosive stories of the time, including the Berkeley...
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Tut Language, as reported by Belva Davis, on KRON-TV Bay Area CLOSE-UP
This segment from February 18, 1998, profiles author Gloria McIlwain on the "Tut" language used among African-Americans during the Slavery era in America.
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Belva Davis - Presidents Speaker Series - 2011
CSU Monterey Bay plays an important role in regional, cultural and economic development. The President's Speaker Series advances that effort. The President's Speaker Series is in keeping with...
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Belva Davis Talks New Book
Ms. JenMarie sits down for a one-on-one interview with Belva Davis, the 2013 John F. Hogan Award winner. She discusses her new book and gives advice for others following her footsteps.
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Bay Area Close-Up with Host Belva Davis
A segment I produced for veteran journalist Belva Davis.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein interviewed by KQEDs Belva Davis
Dianne Feinstein, California's senior senator and a Democrat sat down with Belva Davis, host of KQED's This Week in Northern California during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte,...
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Gavilan Connects with Belva Davis
Join host Marilyn Abad-Cardinalli, Executive Producer of GavTV at Gavilan College, as she interviews journalist and author Belva Davis at CSUMB.
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Belva Davis on why we need Institute on Aging
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Belva Davis & Deborah Santana, Strand Bookstore, NYC
Journalist Belva Davis on her memoir, "Never in My Wildest Dreams; A Black Woman's Life in Journalism" in conversation with author/philanthropist Deborah Santana at the Strand Bookstore in...
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Interview with Broadcast Legend Belva Davis
On Feb 19, 2011 Ora Wiseman, AWM-NCAC VP of Outreach & Communications (2010/2011) interviewed Belva Davis, the first black female television journalist in the Western United States. She was...
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Belva Davis, journalist and author, visits Sacramento State
Award-winning Bay Area journalist Belva Davis discussed her book, "Never in My Wildest Dreams -- A Black Woman's Life in Journalism," on Feb. 7 in the Sacramento State Library Gallery. She...
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video where Belva Davis reports on the murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.
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Interview With Belva Davis at NDSJ
Honored as the 2013-2024 Notre Dame woman of impact, Hailey Morey and Siya Bahal interviewed celebrated broadcast journalist Belva Davis.
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