‘She opened up that world for so many:’ Bernice King remembers Jovita Moore

ATLANTA — Channel 2′s Jovita Moore interviewed many prominent people in Georgia throughout her career, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King.

The CEO of the King Center shared her memories of Jovita with Channel 2′s Carol Sbarge.

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King said she was at a loss for words the moment she learned about Jovita’s passing. King said Jovita was someone who respected boundaries, but knew how to navigate those boundaries and get the story.

King described what so many of us felt when we learned that Jovita died.

“It’s that kind of news that when you hear it, something just kind of drops,” King said. “Every time someone, you know, young, leaves, it puts you in your place where you just feel like life is so precious and valuable.”


Moore had interviewed King a number of times since she started anchoring at Channel 2 in the 90s, but they also got to know each other at community events. King described Moore as an outstanding journalist.

“She knew how to bring comfort, especially when we were dealing with some very difficult subject matters,” King said.

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The smile that Jovita shared so often with her viewers is something King will never forget -- as well as the inspiration she provided for young women.

“I think she opened up that world for so many of the girls in our city, and she made us proud as a woman too, African American women, and I think all women, because she was so excellent at what she did,” King said.

King said Moore’s family is on her mind.

“I’m really praying for her children and mom,” King said. “That was her only child. I didn’t have children, so I can’t even imagine what she’s experiencing right now.”

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