Pioneering Broadcast Journalist Melba Tolliver Presenting Free Talk at SteelStacks Oct. 1

Sep 25th, 2015Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

BETHLEHEM, PA—The public is invited to discover the revolutionary career of broadcast news pioneer Melba Tolliver, the first African-American to anchor a network news program, on Oct. 1, 7:15 p.m., at ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. Tolliver will share insights from her three-decade career as a journalist, as well as participate in a Q&A with the audience. The talk, which is part of ArtsQuest’s “Artists Among Us” series is free; however, tickets must be reserved by calling 610-332-3378 or picking them up at the Box Office at the ArtsQuest Center,101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

On air for more than 30 years, Tolliver has been a host and reporter for numerous shows, including the ABC Network series “Americans All” and the New York City-based WABC Eyewitness News series “Profiles.” She became the first African-American female anchorwoman for an ABC news affiliate in New York City when the on-air personnel at three broadcast networks went on strike in April 1967. ABC News tapped Tolliver to anchor “News With The Woman’s Touch” when host Marlene Sanders was unavailable.

A resident of Bangor, Tolliver was also writer and producer for “Gordon Parks: Man For All Seasons” for the WABC public affairs program “Like It Is.” Among her many accomplishments, she has reported at the White House conference on breast cancer and anchored a town meeting on civil unrest. During her career, Tolliver has engaged in conversations about everything from politics and fashion, to female entrepreneurs and football.

ArtsQuest’s “Artists Among Us” residency series is designed to showcase the acclaimed artists living in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region. Other artists in the series have included internationally renowned painter Todd Stone, Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Scott Hanna and fashion designer and Project Runway alumnus Pamela Ptak.

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