Pat Harvey to Speak at Graduation
May 2, 2005 -- Pat Harvey, an award-winning and nationally-recognized broadcast journalist with KCAL Prime 9 news in Los Angeles, will speak at the Baccalaureate Graduation at 4:30 p.m. May 14 on the Chalon Campus.
In addition to her anchoring duties, Harvey regularly reports on issues of concern to Southern California and the world. In 2003, she collected a ninth Emmy award in the "Best Hour Newscast" category. The previous year Harvey was awarded the Emmy for a multiple report on basketball great "Magic" Johnson a decade after he was diagnosed with HIV. In 2001, she took home an Emmy award for a series of reports from East Africa on the AIDS epidemic and the brutal centuries-old practice of female genital mutilation.
Several years earlier, her reports on the first all-race election in South Africa brought honors from the New York Television and Film Festival. Harvey's documentary entitled "Sex and AIDS in Russia" received multiple honors as did a documentary and multi-part series called "Women and Aids".
Other awards include being named "Best News Anchor" by the Associated Press, a national Emmy, four Golden Mikes, AWRT, Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting, the Edward R. Murrow award presented to KCAL news for overall excellence, the National Association of Black Journalists, L.A. Press Club and the Hollywood Women's Press Club for ethics in journalism.
The veteran newswoman has anchored live coverage for KCAL 9, from the riots following the verdict in the Rodney King case, to the fires, floods and the devastating earthquake in 1994. During the O.J. Simpson trial, Harvey landed the first interview with dismissed juror Jeanette Harris, which was seen worldwide and changed the way we view our criminal justice system. She also hosted several high-profiled town hall meetings for the station, which included the war in Somalia and a two-hour live broadcast from Los Angeles featuring representatives from the White House, local, and state political and community leaders and residents affected by the riots.
Active in community affairs, she has received recognition from the Boy Scouts of America to the NAACP and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in the Humanities from American Intercontinental University.
She is married to Ken Lombard and cares for her daughter Michelle, sister and nephew.