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Noted Journalist Belva Davis to Speak at Caldwell Café

On Wed., Nov. 9, Caldwell Café will host Belva Davis, an award-winning journalist who has covered politics for four decades. Davis will speak and answer questions in the auditorium at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at 6:30 p.m. She was the first African-American woman hired to work on television in the western United States and is profiled in the NEWSEUM, the world’s first interactive museum of news.

Davis has anchored at three major network affiliates – CBS, NBC, and PBS – and currently hosts a highly respected political affairs program on KQED-TV in San Francisco, the most watched public station in the country. She has earned eight local Emmys for her reporting. Davis has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Associated Press News Service, and she has garnered national recognition from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Educational Writers Association. She received the Panetta Institute award for Public Service as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. She has also been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.

The Caldwell Café series is named after Earl Caldwell, a nationally renowned journalist, who is a writer-in-residence with the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The series was designed as a vehicle for Caldwell to expose students to media and journalism professionals in a relaxed environment.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor W. Christopher Leonard at 757.728.6754 or via email at william.leonard@hamptonu.edu.