Barbara Marshall

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Barbara Marshall
Chair Honolulu City Council
In office
January 2, 2007 – November 12, 2008
Preceded by Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Succeeded by Todd K. Apo
Honolulu City Council member, District III
In office
January 2003 – February 22, 2009
Preceded by Steve Holmes
Succeeded by Ikaika Anderson
Personal details
Born Barbara Novak Marshall
(1944-03-05)March 5, 1944
Berwyn, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 22, 2009(2009-02-22) (aged 64)
Orange Country, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Cliff Ziems
Children Joe Marshall
Residence Kailua, Hawaii, U.S.
Education BS, Radio-TV Journalism
Alma mater University of Illinois
Occupation Television Journalist

Barbara Novak Marshall (March 5, 1944 – February 22, 2009) was an American television broadcast journalist and politician. She was elected three times to the Honolulu City Council in Honolulu, Hawaii following her retirement from broadcasting.

Marshall was known throughout Hawaii for a long career as an investigative journalist, consumer advocate, documentary filmmaker, news anchor and reporter for KHON-TV television station.[1][2]


Born Barbara Novak in Berwyn, Illinois she went on to become the first female graduate of the Radio and Television Journalism program at the University of Illinois in 1965. As Barbara Novak, she broke through television journalism's glass ceiling to become the first woman Radio-TV grad to anchor a regularly scheduled broadcast television news program in the United States. She rose to further prominence as Barbara Marshall in Boston, where she worked for a decade as an award-winning reporter for two Boston television stations, first for channel 56 WLVI and then for channel 4 [3] WBZ-TV. A number of her interviews and stories were broadcast on NBC-TV network newscasts.

Marshall transported her career to Honolulu in 1979, working for 23 years as reporter, news anchor and producer for channel 2 KHON. During her tenure at KHON, Marshall initiated Action Line (a TV-consumer complaint line), live television election coverage and created the first morning news program in Hawaii. She won awards for two documentaries: One on the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, and another on the life of Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka.[citation needed]

In 2002, she won a seat on the Honolulu City Council in her first attempt at elective office. She was reelected to the council seat on September 18, 2004 and again on September 25, 2008 and was elected chairman by her peers on January 2, 2007.[4]


Marshall died on February 22, 2009, aged 64, after an eight-month battle with colon cancer.[5] Marshall's husband, Cliff Ziems, endorsed her aide, Ikaika Anderson, to fill her city council seat;[6] he was elected in a special election and was sworn into office on May 27, 2009.[7]


  1. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin (21 October 2002). "Reporters go from limelight to political spotlight—5 former television journalists are headed for the Nov. 5 election" retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ Arakawa, Lynda (16 July 2002). "TV journalists try their hand at political office". Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 19 January 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Nierstedt, Jenna (April 13, 2009). "Barbara Marshall, TV reporter in Boston, official in Honolulu". Boston, MA: The Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ "Honolulu Councilwoman Barbara Marshall dies". the Honolulu Advertiser. 22 February 2009. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Council member Barbara Marshall dies at 64". 2009-02-12. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  6. ^ "11 file to run for Marshall's City Council seat". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ikaika Anderson sworn into office". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 

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