The AmNews has confirmed that legendary New York City television personality Gil Noble has died. Noble was famous for anchoring the news on WABC 7 and hosting the long-running, weekly Black public affairs program “Like it Is.” He was 80.
WABC 7 Vice President of Public Affairs, Saundra Thomas, confirmed the passing on Thursday. Noble suffered a serious stroke in 2011 leaving him in critical condition taking him away from television.
Starting his career at WABC 7 in 1967 as a reporter, he became an anchor at the station in 1968. Among the many awards he won, Noble earned four Emmy Awards for his work.
Funeral arrangements at this time are pending.
WABC President and General Manager Dave Davis told the AmNews in a phone interview that Noble died peacefully surrounded by family.
“He was a huge part of our legacy at WABC,” Davis said. “He was really responsible for pioneering a lot of the programming that came after him. Gil took it upon himself to educate the entire community about African-American history.”
Davis added that Noble’s family is setting up a fund to preserve the library of archival footage during Noble’s celebrated career.
In a statement from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), Michael Feeney, president said Noble paved the way for many Black journalists.
“For more than 40 years, he used his voice to not only tell stories that shed light on social inequalities that faced our community, but also to highlight the achievements of blacks in New York City and throughout the diaspora. NYABJ sends our condolences to the Noble family,” Feeney said.
NYABJ Vice-President of of Broadcast and NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills added, “Gil Noble was a giant in broadcasting who reminded generations of newscasters who followed in his footsteps that we have a responsibility to tell it ‘Like It Is’. His loss cannot be calculated personally or professionally.”
The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gil Noble Archives, P.O. Box 43138, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.