Melba Tolliver (born 1939) is an American journalist and former New York City news anchor and reporter. She is best remembered for her defiant stance against ABC owned WABC-TV when she refused to don a wig or scarf to cover up her Afro in order to cover the White House wedding of President Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon in 1971.
Tolliver was born in Rome, Georgia. She worked at WABC as a reporter and anchor from 1967 to 1976. She then went to WNBC where she remained until 1980. She also worked at News 12 Long Island from 1986 to 1994.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/nyregion/10legends.html Toasting 40 Years of Breaking News and Happy Talk New York Times Published: November 9, 2008
- http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/access/101898870.html?dids=101898870:101898870&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Nov+28%2C+1994&author=By+Henry+Gilgoff.+STAFF+WRITER&pub=Newsday+%28Combined+editions%29&desc=ANCHORS+AWAY+The+firing+of+Melba+Tolliver+by+News+12+shed+light+on+Cablevision%27s+view+of+star+power.+SEE+SIDEBAR%3A+News+According+to+Tolliver.+%28See+end+of+text%29&pqatl=google ANCHORS AWAY The firing of Melba Tolliver by News 12 shed light on Cablevision's view of star power Newsday - Long Island, N.Y Nov 28, 1994
- "The return of the black veteran". Oct 14, 1973.
- Official website
- Melba Tolliver at the Internet Movie Database
- Maynard Institute for Journalism Education: Black Journalists Movement
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