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Pioneering Journalist and JRF Friend Gil Noble Dies

Pioneering Journalist and JRF Friend Gil Noble Dies

Gil Noble, the legendary black journalist who hosted the New York public affairs show "Like It Is" for 33 years has died. He was 80. WABC-TV's "Like It Is" was born out of an effort to put more African American programs on television in the wake of the civil rights and black power movements. The show began in 1968. A stroke suffered by Noble last year forced the show off the air.

Noble was a great friend of the Foundation and its iconic Jazz concerts. Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza worked with Noble and shared this remembrance.

"I worked with Gil Noble when I represented the ABC Owned and Operated Stations in the 1990's. I had the utmost respect for the passion and integrity with which he produced and hosted his iconic "Like It Is" program. The archives of his iconic "Like It Is" contain invaluable footage of every important figure and event in modern Black American history. His greatest legacy is the vast body of work he leaves that will no doubt continue to enlighten us for generations to come."

(Pictured above from L-R) JRF's first President Jerry Lewis, Gil Noble and JRF Founder Rachel Robinson