WASHINGTON, DC (April 5, 2012) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of legendary television host Gil Noble. Noble, who became one of New York City’s most recognized black media voices died today at the age of 80.
Noble joined New York television station WABC in 1967 as a reporter, and soon became the anchor of the station's weekend newscasts. He produced and hosted Like it Is, the longest running black public affairs program on television, for WABC starting in 1968. The program continues to air.
"Gil Noble was a pioneer in our industry. He helped to chronicle a time in our nation's history where society was undergoing tremendous change," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "His impact was felt beyond the New York media market because of his newsmaker interviews, and because of his commitment to providing impactful and insightful coverage of the African-American community. His loss isn't just a journalistic loss, but a personal one. Our thoughts and prayers are of course with his family." Over the decades, Noble interviewed important news- and history-makers, including Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Arthur Ashe, and Jim Brown; political leaders including former New York City mayor David Dinkins, former Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), and Bruce Wright.
He won four Emmy Awards for "Like It Is” and other WABC projects, which included documentaries and specials on subjects from Paul Robeson to the inside world of heroin addiction.
In addition, Noble produced several documentaries, on W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Jack Johnson, Charlie Parker, and the scourge of drug addiction in the black community.
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.
Material from New York Daily News was used to compile this report.