Pat Harvey

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Pat Harvey
Born Detroit, Michigan
Occupation News anchor
Employer KCBS-TV Ch. 2
Known for KCBS News at 5 & 11PM
Awards LA Area Governor's Award, ATAS, Emmy
L.A. Press Club, RTNA Lifetime Achievement Award, AWRT Genii Award,NABJ Hall of Fame

Pat Harvey is an award winning broadcast journalist. In June, 2015 Pat received the LA Area Emmy's Governor's Award. In 2012, Pat was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. She joined former Walt Disney owned and operated KCAL 9 in Los Angeles in 1989. Joining Jerry Dunphy on the anchor desk, she was the last original KCAL 9 News anchor. In April 2010, Harvey began co-anchoring for KCAL sister station KCBS news at 5 & 11PM. She is the longest-running anchor in prime time at one station in Los Angeles. For her 20th anniversary, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared Oct. 30, 2009, Pat Harvey Day, by proclamation.


In addition to her anchoring duties, Pat has traveled extensively for KCAL-TV 9, and its sister station KCBS-TV, covering stories from the Papal Conclave in Rome, the first all-race elections in South Africa, the AIDS epidemic in East Africa and Russia and the civil war in El Salvador. During the O.J. Simpson trial, Pat was the first journalist to interview dismissed juror Jeanette Harris. The report was carried on television stations throughout the country and was seen worldwide.

She has won 19 local Emmy awards, a national Emmy and received the Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award from the L.A. Press Club in 2004. Named "Best News Anchor" by the Associated Press. In 2008, Pat received the Genii award from the Los Angeles chapter of American Women in Radio and Television and has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Pat worked in Chicago at WGN Superstation before coming to Los Angeles. Her investigative reports on faulty pap smear tests, which led to thousands of deaths among women, resulted in legislation regulating cytology labs in Illinois and the closure of one in Southern California. She was also awarded the Peter Lisagor award from the Society of Professional Journalists. While working for WGN, she also broke a national story from the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta in 1988, revealing a change in leadership in the Democratic National Committee.

Early career[edit]

She is also an original CNN Headline News anchor, joining the start-up network in 1982 and later anchored CNN's morning news program until 1985, interviewing Ferdinand Marcos following the historic democratic elections in the Philippines.

The Detroit native's first news job was in Saginaw, Michigan at then-NBC affiliate, WNEM-TV.

Because of her popularity and community service, Pat was asked to carry the Olympic torch through downtown Los Angeles in 2002 and received two honorary doctorate degrees in the humanities.

Prior to Harvey's arrival in Los Angeles, the market had only had two black weeknight news anchors, Ken Jones in the early to mid-1970s and Felicia Jeter from 1980-81.Because of her stellar work, Harvey became a pioneer. She laid the groundwork for lead weekday/night anchors in Los Angeles such as Marc Brown, Christine Devine, and Michaela Pereira.

In 2006, Pat and four other TV anchorwomen formed the Good News Foundation. The group built a computer lab for homeless children on skid row, a park and recreation center in South LA and a library for homeless women at the Downtown Women's Center, in addition to an annual college scholarship for aspiring female journalists.

On February 21, 2017, Pat was a guest co-host on the CBS Daytime Show The Talk. It was her eleventh appearance.


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