We told you on Aug. 18 about the death of pioneering San Francisco anchor Wanda Ramey. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal printed a detailed obit along with the photo above, showing Ramey interviewing Ronald Reagan in 1966, the year he became governor.
Here’s a few grafs from the WSJ obit:
- She was an experienced broadcaster when she took a job as one of the nation’s first female local news anchors in 1959, yet Wanda Ramey was billed as KPIX-TV in San Francisco’s “Girl on the Beat.”
Ms. Ramey, who died Aug. 15 at the age of 85, had been on the air for more than a decade by the time “Noon News” had its debut. She specialized in reporting from the scene at a time when newscasts were conducted mostly from the studio. She rode along on a night police patrol in a high-crime zone, peered into the exotic haunts of a Beatnik from Greenwich Village, and reported on the construction of San Francisco’s latest high-rise from inside the emerging building’s skeleton.
Within a year Ms. Ramey’s hard-news leanings led to a different slogan: “The Woman on the Beat.”
“People sometimes mistook her soft manner and didn’t notice that she had a steel back,” says Belva Davis, a veteran Bay Area broadcaster who counts Ms. Ramey as a mentor.
(Photo credit: Wall Street Journal, provided to the journal by Kristi Steadman, Wanda’s daughter.)