Bay Area Icon Reflects on Career

By Andrew Gauthier 

Contra Costa Times

No one was more surprised than Belva Davis when KQED Channel 9 asked her to stay on as anchor of its revamped weekly news analysis staple, “This Week in Northern California.”

“I did not think they were going to try something fresh and new with an old, dyed-hair lady,” said Davis in her distinctive husky voice and flashing her trademark smile. “But they have. They have put a lot of confidence in me overcoming the natural deficits of time.”

Davis has been on television in the Bay Area for 43 years–16 of those on KQED public television–and has earned a wall full of journalism awards, including a place in the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

It helps that most people don’t believe the veteran broadcast journalist is 77 years old. More…