Remembering TV reporter Faith Fancher

5th Annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge:
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:00 AM local time
Lake Merritt - Oakland, CA
Lakeside Park Gazebo
Fees: $35/$40

Registration Closing Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:59 PM

About the event:
Join hundreds of women, men and children for a 5K Walk/Run around Lake Merritt to raise money to support underinsured and unisured women with breast cancer.

After Walk Concert!
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir

Register at:

About Faith Fancher
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.

About Carolyn Tyler
Carolyn Tyler anchors the ABC7 Sunday Morning News at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.. She's also a general assignment reporter for ABC7 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tyler joined ABC7 in May 1986 and served as Weekend News co-anchor from 1989 through 1995.

During her 20 years of broadcast experience, she has produced several special reports including an Emmy-nominated series on the impact of the Civil Rights movement on Bay Area students. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her series on San Francisco's homeless crisis. Most recently Tyler received an Emmy nomination for her contributions to the ABC7 6 p.m. newscast.

Along with her colleagues at ABC7, Tyler shares two of the highest honors in Broadcast Journalism for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award recognize excellence in reporting.

Carolyn has received numerous community awards including the Rosa Parks Legacy Award in 2006 from the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Media Award from the Bay Area Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Tyler has received specialized journalism training at Vanderbilt University and at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in collaboration with the Poynter Institute.

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from the University Of Wyoming. Carolyn is a member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and is the founding co-chair of Friends Of Faith. Friends Of Faith is a non profit organization that raises funds and awareness for low-income breast cancer survivors in the Bay Area.

Carolyn currently covers the San Francisco City Hall beat.

About Rosie Lee Allen
The more uplifting the story, the happier I am," says Rosie Lee Allen, co-anchor of KGO's Afternoon News with Bret Burkhart.

Every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m., Allen's approachable, homespun style helps make KGO Radio's Afternoon News one of the Bay Area's top-rated programs. During the more than 22 years that Rosie has co-anchored the Afternoon News the anchor team has won more than 23 "Best Newscast" awards including the Mark Twain Award from the Associated Press.

Rosie Lee Allen was born in Louisiana and raised in Denver, Colorado. She made a series of unusual career moves that took her from being a singer in a band at age 18, to three years of service with the U.S. Army. She began her career in broadcasting at KNEW in Oakland, then went to KNBR Radio. In 1976, she became public affairs director for KGO's then sister station KSFX-FM. Rosie began her stint with the News-talk leader in 1977 as a Weekend Talk Show Host and Part-time News Reporter/Anchor. Allen was named talk show host and fill-in anchor for KGO AM in 1983 and in 1984 made the move to co-anchoring The Afternoon News. Allen also brought her savvy, upbeat style to television. She co-hosted Marketplace on ABC 7, a half-hour television news program focusing on Bay Area Business from 1991 to 1999.

In 2006 Rosie Allen was awarded the 2006 Journalistic Excellence and Continuous Community Service by the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.

Rosie Allen is currently attending Holy Names University WECO Program, majoring in Humanities in hopes to "eventually" earn a degree and a teaching credential.

"Co-anchoring the Afternoon News with Bret is a daily adventure - we never know what's going to happen. After you've been away from your radio at work all day, you get into your car or turn us on at home, and you want to know what's changed in your world. We'll tell you; from the "serious-hard-news" to lifestyle, the latest medical news, business, entertainment, and of course up-to-the-second Traffic reports and Bay Area Weather. In short - if it's happening, we'll share it with you."

For more information on Friends of Faith, visit

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