NABJ Mourns the Loss of Artie Williams III
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
--The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of
veteran ABC 7 (Los Angeles, CA) cameraman Artie Williams III, who passed away
while diving off of Catalina Island this past weekend.
was described by his colleagues as a "real prince of a guy” with a huge
heart. He was known for providing a helping hand to other
photographers, reporters and interns. His was always a friendly face to see out
in the field.
those that knew him best knew there was only one constant phrase to describe
him, "a heart of gold”. Los Angeles Lakers spokesman John Black stated,”
I am very sad about it. Artie was such a great guy, always enthusiastic,
friendly, and in a good mood. All of us here, who worked with him, as well as
his fellow media members, will miss him."
"As bleak as many media rooms can be, you
could always count on one bright light. I knew that I was always going to get a
smile, I was always going to get a pleasant word, and frankly, I'm going to
miss that" said L.A Times columnist T.J Simmers.
exact cause of death is not known. Funeral arrangements are pending. NABJ
extends its deepest sympathies Williams’ family.
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 more: www.nabj.org.