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Atlanta mourns Emmy-award winning news anchor Jovita Moore, after losing her battle with brain cancer


After seven months of battling an aggressive brain cancer, WSB-TV Channel 2’s Jovita Moore passed away on Thursday and the Atlanta Community is mourning. 

It was back in April when doctors first discovered two masses on Moore’s brain. After she had surgery, doctors diagnosed her with glioblastoma. This is the most common type of brain cancer and is an aggressive form that can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. 

Moore was diagnosed shortly after she began experiencing “unusual headaches.” Once diagnosed, she told her station in August, and pretty much the whole world. She was 53-years-old when she passed.

Moore shared her experience being diagnosed over the WSB-TV airwaves. “This journey for me started with an unusual headache, so if something’s not right with you. I urge you to please get yourself checked,” she said.

She originally grew up in New York City and got her masters degree in broadcast journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She credits her mom with instilling in her the love of journalism. 

Before joining WSB-TV in Atlanta in April of 1998, Jovita got her start as a reporter in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she worked for three years. After that she became an anchor and reporter for WMC-TV in Memphis Tennessee for four years, until 1998 where she joined WSB-TV and made the station her home. 

Monica Kauffman, whom Jovita replaced as the station’s lead anchor praised Jovita, saying she shared many valuable messages including, ‘You don’t get to just live in this community, you have to be part of this community.’ No matter what you have, you have to give it to everyone else.”

Moore gave it her all and much more to Atlanta. She was honored with numerous prestigious awards for her career in journalism such as, accolades from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. She also received multiple Emmy-Awards while working at WSB-TV. 

Moore was also a board member for multiple non-profits including the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, the Center for the Visually impaired, Dress for Success, and the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. 

According to WSB-TV, she is survived by her two children and a bonus daughter who she reportedly referred to as her “greatest accomplishments.” 

WSB-TV invites you to share your prayers and memories with Jovita’s family here. The site has received over 32,194 messages since Friday.  

Our entire SPOTLIGHT family joins the rest of the community in mourning Jovita’s passing. 


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