Washington, DC – National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members are saddened by yet another loss with the sudden passing of Amanda Davis, an Atlanta veteran news anchor. As this year comes to an end, NABJ remembers those we have lost, including Davis and other influential members who are some of the most renown journalists working in media today.
On Tuesday, Davis suffered a stroke at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport while traveling to San Antonio to attend a relative’s funeral. She died on Wednesday.
Since the 1980s, Davis was a constant presence in Atlanta broadcasting, as a reporter and anchor for CBS and Fox affiliates. Throughout her celebrated career she received numerous awards, including an RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award, 10 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, Georgia Association of Broadcasters Gabby Award and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Pioneer of the Year Award.
“We are saddened over Amanda’s passing,” said Sarah J. Glover, NABJ’s president. “Upon hearing of her illness, members from around the world lifted her up in prayer. NABJ is shocked by her passing. She has left a memorable mark in the Atlanta news market, and sowed seeds across the country as a mentor to many young journalists.”
Adding that she was contacted by several members, Glover said the show of support and love for Davis was far and wide, and heartwarming.
Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, tweeted a tribute to Davis.
“Your life and your journey matter so much. Grateful for our moments together as you covered my parents’ legacies,” King wrote.
“The members of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists are saddened by the sudden passing of our life-time member, Amanda Davis,” said Atlanta Association of Black Journalists President Carol Gantt.
“She was well respected in our community and an outstanding award-winning journalist. She was among the elite in our field, earning an AABJ Pioneer Black Journalist Award. Amanda was a great example of how to overcome life’s obstacles with grace. Her journalistic presence will be missed.”
“Amanda was a mentor and role model to younger journalists,” said Vince Sims, a CBS46 reporter and anchor. “She was a pleasure to work beside. Amanda was an Atlanta media icon. She will be missed, but not forgotten.”
Amanda Davis is survived by her daughter, mother and relatives, and a lifetime of friends and colleagues.
About The National Association of Black Journalists
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.