Blacks in Film and Television
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Bryant Gumbel began his career in television in 1972 as a sportscaster on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California. By 1981 Gumbel had transitioned to newscasting and was a co-anchor on NBC's Today show where he remained until 1997. A daily fixture in the morning routine of many Americans, Gumbel became one of the most recognizable black newscasters in the United States. In 1989 Gumbel faced scandal when a memo he had written criticizing his fellow newscasters was leaked to the public. While Gumbel's reputation was somewhat tarnished he went on to produce some of his most important work including a "Special Report" on Africa. In November of 1993 Gumbel broadcast for a week from Harare, Zimbabwe, and delivered some of the more balanced news reporting on Africa at that time. For his efforts in Zimbabwe, he received the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Gumbel currently hosts Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.