Atlanta presenter Jovita Moore dies months after brain cancer diagnosis
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“Jovita died overnight, seven months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer,” the station statement read.
“In April, doctors found two masses on Jovita’s brain. After the operation, they diagnosed her with glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer,” the WSB said. There is no cure, the statement said.
Moore had worked for Channel 2 Action News since 1998, where she presented the evening news broadcasts, WSB said. Before moving to Atlanta, the native New Yorker was on air on WMC-TV in Memphis and KFSM in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she began her career, WSB said.
She received a Master of Science in Audiovisual Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont, the WSB said.
Moore was known for her contributions to the Atlanta community.
“She has donated countless hours to civic associations and nonprofit organizations in the Metro Atlanta area. She has mentored students and served on several boards,” WSB said.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her husband are “deeply saddened by the loss of our friend,” the mayor said in a statement. Even those who didn’t know her personally felt a deep and personal connection to Jovita. She loved Atlanta very much.
“Let her beautiful spirit fly. Jovita will be truly missed.”
Moore is survived by his mother and two children.
Tributes poured into social media after news of his death was announced.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said he was “heartbroken” to learn of her passing.
“Her professionalism and dedication to her audience has made Georgia a better place. It has been a real honor and pleasure to know and work with her.”
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