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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1933

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1933
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Biography

Photojournalist William Moore was born on May 23, 1933. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School, and went on to receive his B.S. degree in photography from Laney College in Oakland, California.

Upon graduation, Moore worked as a freelance photographer for various black-owned newspapers, magazines and radio stations. Then, in 1968, Moore was hired as a television news cameraman for KTVU in Oakland, California, making him the first full-time African American news cameraman in commercial television in the State of California. He was hired alongside Dennis Richmond, one of the first African Americans to become chief anchor of a major-market TV newscast, as a result of a federal court mandate. In 1969, while working for KTVU, Moore was hired by the Associated Press as a freelance photographer. He was eventually promoted to chief photographer at KTVU.

As a cameraman, Moore covered such events as the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Hills Fire, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. He also filmed anti-war and civil rights movements and demonstrations of the late 1960s and 1970s, as well as the Nicaraguan earthquake of 1988. In addition, Moore traveled and worked internationally, filming in many countries including Haiti, Italy, Brazil, Kenya, and South Africa. He retired from KTVU in 1996, and, in 2003, Moore was hired as an adjunct professor at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, where he teaches digital video in the college’s broadcasting and television department.

Moore has been a volunteer for Seven Tepees, an afterschool mentoring and enrichment program for middle and high school students in San Francisco. He was also a board member of the Committee on the Shelterless, a program that assists the homeless in Sonoma County. Moore lives with his wife, Belva Davis, in San Francisco. They have two children: Steven Davis, owner of a catering business, and Darolyn Davis, owner of a public relations firm.

William Moore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Moore's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Moore describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Moore describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Moore talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Moore describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Moore talks about his brothers and his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Moore describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Moore describes his childhood neighborhood in Oakland, California in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Moore talks about the schools he attended in Oakland, California, childhood pastimes, and watching a Negro League baseball game
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Moore talks about experiencing racism at school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Moore talks about famous athletes of his generation that came out of Oakland, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Moore talks about being mentored by local photographer Chuck Willis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Moore talks about his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Moore talks about his mentor Chuck Willis's work and being an assistant to Willis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Moore talks being drafted in the United States Army and serving in Korea
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Moore talks about learning the technical process of photography at Laney College on the G-I Bill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Moore talks about his first jobs as a photographer after graduating from Laney College in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Moore talks about meeting his wife at his mentor Chuck Willis's photography studio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Moore describes how he got hired for his first job in television in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Moore talks about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and being hired at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Moore talks about working with KTVU News in Oakland, California in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Moore talks about covering anti-Vietnam War protests in Berkeley, California, which motivated him to cover news stories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Moore talks about covering the Black Panthers and the Patty Hearst kidnapping for KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Moore describes the day Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated and covering the Dan White trial
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Moore discusses his personal connections to Jim Jones's followers and reporting on Jones's church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Moore talks about covering the 1988 earthquake in Nicaragua for KTVU Channel 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Moore talks about filming news stories with his wife, HistoryMaker Belva Davis, while on vacation in Jamaica, Brazil, Italy, and Haiti
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Moore talks about covering an assignment in Kenya with his wife, HistoryMaker Belva Davis, and filming in South Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Moore talks about covering the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, California, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Moore talks about covering the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, California, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Moore recalls the Oakland Hill fire of 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Moore talks about the impact of the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial on news coverage of court trials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Moore talks about the archive of news footage from his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Moore reflects upon covering multiple historic events and the impact of covering the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Moore talks about his volunteer work and teaching at Ohlone College after retiring from broadcasting in 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Moore talks about the technological developments in film since he started his career in 1968 and his decision to retire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Moore talks about teaching at Ohlone College in Fremont, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Moore talks about the possibility of exhibiting his photographs or publishing a book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William Moore reflects on his career in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William Moore talks about his professional legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - William Moore talks about his hopes and concerns for the African-American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Moore talks about the advice he would give to young African Americans who wish to get involved in television or photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Moore talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Moore talks about how he would like to be remembered