A pioneering broadcast journalist at WGRZ, Channel 2 in the 1980s has died. Beverly Armstrong was an anchor and reporter at Channel 2 from 1982-87. Armstrong partnered with Les Trent, now of Inside Edition, to become Buffalo television’s first African-American anchor team.
After graduation from Buffalo State with a degree in journalism, Armstrong was hired by WKBW, Channel 7 as host of the station’s “Public Affairs” show, followed by a stint as a public affairs assistant at WNED, Channel 17. Armstrong joined WGRZ in 1980, serving as a production assistant and then public service director before becoming a reporter and anchor.
After leaving WGRZ, Armstrong oversaw marketing efforts at the old Sheehan Memorial Hospital and then served as news and public affairs director at WUFO 1080AM.
Armstrong also worked in radio in Ohio and in TV in South Carolina. At the time of her death, Armstrong was living in Columbia, South Carolina, providing care for a disabled brother and an adult son with autism.
Arrmstrong won awards for her works of poetry. She also received honors for her broadcast and community service.
Services were held June 9th at Young Tabernacle Holiness Church, 623 Best Street, Buffalo.