Pioneering Journalist Gil Noble Has Died

The host of groundbreaking show Like It Is was 80.

Posted: 04/05/2012 04:18 PM EDT
Filed Under National News

Journalist Gil Noble, the host of the public affairs program Like It Is has died. He was 80 years old.

Heron was a nationally recognized journalist whose work has been a part of the struggle of African-Americans for advancement, writes WABC-TV. He received more than 650 community awards, numerous industry awards including seven Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and five honorary doctorates.

"Gil Noble's life and work had a profound effect on our society and culture," WABC-TV President and General Manager Dave Davis said in a statement. "His contributions are a part of history and will be remembered for years to come. Today, our hearts are with Gil's family—his wife Jean and their five children—and we thank them for so lovingly sharing him with the world all these years."

On the show, Noble provided deep analysis into public affairs pertinent to the African-American community, including politics, music, and culture. He interviewed many prominent African-American leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King and Fannie Lou Hamer as well as entertainers like Bill Cosby and athletes such as Muhammad Ali.

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