Beverly White bids farewell to one of Southern California’s most revered television news reporters, who left a legacy through his contributions to journalism and its future, finally signing off on NBC4 Friday night.
White began working for NBC4 in 1992, and has worked with NBC4 through the COVID-19 pandemic, street protests after the murder of George Floyd, the deaths of music icon Prince in Minneapolis and Michael Jackson in Santa Barbara, and the floods. Various local and national stories were covered. wildfires, devastating landslides at Montecito, and his deadly 1994 earthquake at Northridge.
She’s a trusted voice among viewers, often following White to find answers, gather information, and tell the full story during the fast-closing hours before NBC4 news at 11:00 p.m. I could count on you.
“She’s like the Queen Mother of the News,” said photojournalist David Gregory.compassion and fairnessI mean, it really means a lot to both of us to make sure we have everyone’s voice in the story. ”
White’s reporting was highly praised by both her colleagues and journalists from other stations.
“I was at another station and when I saw Bev on the scene, I first realized it was an important story,” said NBC4 News anchor Michael Brownlee. Said to myself, “Damn, I was just scooped.”
White didn’t just tell viewers what was going on. She made sure they heard the full story, especially in areas that are often overlooked or underestimated.
“She makes sure that if we cover the bad, we cover the good,” executive producer Flava Burgess said. “And we show the best people in these communities.” I am doing it.”
White’s contributions to Southern California journalism went beyond nightly newscasts. Throughout his career, White shared his time and talents with universities and non-profit organizations. She continues to mentor the students and interns she has met in her career.
“Beverly White’s impact on journalism cannot be discussed without mentioning that she has been a mentor to so many African-American journalists,” said Todd, the station’s president and general manager. Mokhtari said. “Beverly doesn’t just say, ‘Nice to meet you, I’m Beverly White.’ Let me help you,’ he says.
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“Whether you’re on-air or off-air, Bev wanted to make sure you were successful in this business. She’s done it for countless people.
White helped others cross the path she blazed.
“Beverly is an inspiration as a journalist who never compromises her integrity,” said NBC4 News Renee Washington’s vice president. “Her mentoring and representation is very important to her. She was a pioneer in this industry and I want to personally thank Beverly for making me who I am today.”
During the race reckoning after Floyd’s protests, White held conversations with the Los Angeles Urban League, the Los Angeles Department of Civil Rights, U.S. Congressmen Adam Schiff and Karen Bass, the Los Angeles Supervisory Board, and the Safe Communities Institute. adjusted. University of Southern California, Jamaican Cultural Alliance, during a live stream on the NBC4 digital platform.
In 2018, White received the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, he was recognized for his outstanding career by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In 2017, the NABJ LA chapter celebrated White’s 25 years with NBC4.
Among her many honors, White also received the 2017 Leadership Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism Honor Society of California State University, Northridge. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Journalist Award from the Professional She Journalists Association. 2008 California State Legislative Black Caucus Leadership Award. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Killeen Independent School District in her hometown of Killeen, Texas.
Prior to joining NBC4, he reported for WTVJ, an NBC-owned and operated Miami station, and was on the 1992 Peabody Award-winning team for its coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Before that, White fixed the weekday morning news for WKRC in Cincinnati. She started her career at her KMOL in San Antonio, her KCEN in Temple/Waco, and her KENS in San Antonio.
White is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She twice served as president of the Southern California Association of Black Journalists, then her local affiliated chapter. Since 1985 she has been a member of the SAG/AFTRA and served as a member of the AFTRA National Broadcast Steering Committee.
White holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.