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August 29 – in 1962 Mal Goode becomes the first African American television news commentator

Malvin (Mal) Russell Goode (February 13, 1908 – September 12, 1995) was an African-American television journalist and news correspondent. Goode was born in White Plains, Virginia, educated in the public school system of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1931. Starting in high school, he was employed for twelve years as a laborer in steel mills, until five years after his graduation. Appointed to a position in the Juvenile Court as a boys work director at the Centre Avenue YMCA, he spearheaded the fight against discrimination in the Pittsburgh branches of the YMCA. Goode worked with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority for six years and joined the Pittsburgh Courier in 1948, where he remained for 14 years.

In 1962 he became the first Black network news correspondent for ABC television network as a United Nations (UN) reporter. He allegedly received this position after baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was the first Black player in the major leagues, complained to ABC executives about the lack of Black reporters. Goode’s first assignment was covering the Cuban Missile Crisis; he distinguished himself with incisive TV and radio reports during the long hours of debate at the UN.

For two months in 1963 he joined three of his peers to conduct courses in journalism for over 100 African students in seminars in Lagos Nigeria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Goode was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and in 1968 covered the assassination of fellow fraternity brother, Martin Luther King, Jr.

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