October 4, 1967 – October 28, 2021
Although Jovita Moore was born in New York and moved to Atlanta in 1998, Atlantans grew fond of her and quickly adopted her as one of their own. Friends, colleagues and fans remember her via social media and news stories.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a Master’s degree for Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University.
Moore worked in New York, and later had a news career in Fort Smith, Arkansas for KFSM-TV (CBS); in Memphis, Tennessee for WMC-TV (NBC) before working with Atlanta’s WSB-TV (ABC) in 1998.
Known and favored for her wonderful personality and beautiful smile, Moore won eight Emmys for news coverage. One of which was for her coverage on cystic fibroids, which her personal battle with the disease and surgery. She was awarded the Silver Circle by the Southeastern Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2017.
When news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson retired in 2012, Moore was the right choice to fill the shoes of trailblazer Kaufman Pearson.
Moore was very active in the community. She sat on several boards of directors, including the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
In April 2021, Moore was diagnosed with two brain tumors. She underwent successful surgery to remove the tumors, but was later diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. She died from the disease on October 28, 2021. She is survived by two daughters, Shelby and Marley, and one son, Josh.
The family scheduled a public visitation on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory in the South DeKalb Chapel from noon until 8 pm. The address is 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, Georgia. A private family funeral was held on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Last updated on November 4, 2021