Doris Biscoe Dies: Veteran Detroit TV Reporter And News Anchor Was 77

Doris Biscoe Dies: Veteran Detroit TV Reporter And News Anchor Was 77

Doris Biscoe, a pioneer for African American women TV journalists, died Friday at age 77. No cause or location was given by WXYZ, which first reported her death.

The station cited her career as being “one of the most visible Black broadcast journalists in Detroit, and throughout America.”

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Born in Washington, D.C., Biscoe was one of the few African American women in broadcasting when her career began. She began in radio in Maryland, then led a public affairs program in Washington, D.C. She then relocated to Detroit for a job at 7 Action News in 1973.

Biscoe was a nightside reporter, eventually graduating to anchoring the 6 PM evening news. In 1995, she moved to anchoring the morning news.

Biscoe also hosted the “Learn to Read” program,” a weekly literacy program at the station aimed at children.

She also played a newscaster in 1987’s The Rosary Murders, starring Donald Sutherland, which was filmed in Detroit.

She also was a recipient of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle award, which recognizes distinguished service in the industry for 25 years or more.

No information on survivors was immediately available.


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