Award winning journalist Faith Fancher was a trail-blazer. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Faith opened many doors as the first African-American female reporter at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. She honed her skills with stints at NPR, CNN's Washington, D.C. office, National Black Network, and WSM-TV in Nashville. In 1983 Faith moved to the Bay Area and became a top reporter at KTVU-Channel 2 in Oakland, where she remained until her death in 2003.
Her Public Battle
As a journalist and highly visible Bay Area personality, Faith understood the power of information, so when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, she chose to turn her private battle into a public forum to raise awareness about the disease. "Faith's Story," a multi-part series aired on KTVU-Channel 2, and followed her journey from surgery through treatment. The series, won a number of awards including the American Medical Association's International Film prize, the "Freddie," for outstanding reporting on cancer treatment.
Throughout her six-and-a-half year battle against breast cancer, Faith worked tirelessly in the effort to raise awareness and money to help grassroots programs benefiting low-income women with breast cancer. Faith was truly an inspiration to others, but especially to the members of "Friends of Faith". We have committed ourselves to continuing the work she began and to follow through with her vision. Special note: Faith was sustained throughout her illness by her many family members and friends, but she was especially uplifted by the love and devotion of her husband William Drummond.
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Thoughts of Brynne Marsh. Gifts from her daughter & Revivals Supporter, Shelley Walters, as read at the Annual Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors' Luncheon
Thoughts of Betty Biggs as read at the 10th Annual Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors' Luncheon by her friend, Revivals Supporter, Rhonda Bussard
August 30, 1955 - August 27, 2021
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