Jovita Moore, an Emmy-winning news anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta, died Thursday after being diagnosed with brain cancer seven months earlier. Moore is survived by her mother, her two children and her stepdaughter. The 53-year-old New York native joined WSB-TV in 1998 following stints with WMC-TV in Memphis and KFSM in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Fort Smith Arkansas.
Moore received several Emmy Awards during her career at WSB-TV in Atlanta for coverage of major news events, including former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Moore sought medical help in April after feeling forgetful and disoriented. “Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog,” Moore said earlier this year. In July, she asked WSB to share with viewers that she had been diagnosed with the glioblastoma.
She underwent surgery after doctors discovered two small masses in her brain. While treatment can slow glioblastoma’s progression, cure for the aggressive brain cancer is rarely possible.
“She passed last night, as she wanted, with her family by her side. She passed peacefully,” Moore’s co-anchor Justin Farmer said in a video posted on WSB-TV website.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that her family is “deeply saddened by the loss of our friend.”
“Even those who did not know her personally felt a deep and personal connection to Jovita,” the mayor said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Rev. Bernice King, the CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, described Moore as a “tremendous blessing to metro Atlanta and the world.”
Filmmaker Tyler Perry, whose Tyler Perry Studios is located in Atlanta, shared on Twitter that “I will miss your beautiful smile and warm laughter, let alone seeing you in my living room everyday.”
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Glioblastomas represent approximately 15% of all primary brain tumors, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.