Melba Tolliver

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Melba Tolliver
Born Melba Tolliver
(1939-12-07) December 7, 1939 (age 78)
Rome, Georgia, United States
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1967 - 1994

Melba Tolliver (born 1939) is an American journalist and former New York City news anchor and reporter.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Tolliver has co-hosted, with Gil Noble, ABC's Like It Is series which focused upon the Black Community.[4] Melba Tolliver has a blog on her website and is working on a book about her experiences in the media. She is also featured in the documentary, "In Our Heads About Our Hair." [5] In 2015 Tolliver received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Empire State College.[6]


  1. ^ "Melba Tolliver". Notable Black American Women. Gale. 1996. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Toasting 40 Years of Breaking News and Happy Talk; New York Times; Published: November 9, 2008
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "The return of the black veteran". Oct 14, 1973. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Angaza, Osayande. "The Film". In Our Heads Film. In Our Heads Film. 
  6. ^ "Melba Tolliver '98 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award". Empire State College. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 

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