OAKLAND (CBS 5) — Ben Williams, a retired KPIX-TV staffer who was one of the first African-American television reporters in the nation, has died at the age of 85.
Williams passed away on Monday, his daughter-in-law told CBS 5.READ MORE: UPDATE: Streets Flood in San Rafael, Mill Valley as Wild Storm Lashes Bay Area
Williams spent his entire broadcast career at KPIX before retiring in the 1980s; he got his start as a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner before moving to television.READ MORE: Atmospheric River: High Winds Topple Trees, Scaffolding in San Francisco
Williams worked with other notable KPIX alums including Belva Davis and Barbara Rodgers and current KPIX reporters Wendy Tokuda and Kate Kelly.
Funeral services for Williams will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Church in Oakland.MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: More Than 147,000 Affected by Widespread Bay Area Outages
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