On this day August 29th, 1962 Malvin Russell Goode became the first African American news commentator when he began broadcasting for ABC.

Goode worked 12 years as a laborer in steel mills until he graduated from the university of Pittsburgh. He then worked for the juvenile courts as a boys work director of the YMCA where he fought against discrimination.

He worked for the housing authority for six years before joining the Pittsburgh courier news and radio station KQV where he hosted a five minute daily show before becoming news director.

In 1962 he began working at ABC as a United nations reporter covering the Cuban missle crisis. Reportedly he got the job after world famous 1st Black Major league Baseball player Jackie Robinson complained to ABC executives about their lack of diversity.

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