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Well-Known Atlanta TV News Reporter Amanda Davis Dies of “Massive Spontaneous Stroke” 


Atlanta TV news veteran Amanda Davis died Wednesday night (Dec. 27) after suffering a “massive spontaneous stroke” at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, on Tuesday, while waiting to board a flight to Texas to attend her stepfather’s funeral the following day. She was sixty-two.

She was rushed to a local hospital and was undergoing treatment before she breathed her last the following night, reportedly surrounded by her near and dear ones. Her family has requested “privacy at this difficult time.”

The CBS46 morning news anchor had shared the news of her stepfather’s death on Twitter last week saying, “I grieve over the loss of my Pops. His funeral is on the 27th.”

She even posted a text graphic on her Facebook timeline, which started said, “The first Christmas after you lose someone is hard,” and ended with, “If you can – thank God for the Christmases you had with them. Light a candle. Cry. Start a new tradition in their memory.”

Condolences from friends, fans, and colleagues started pouring in as soon as news of her death became known.

The CBS46 morning news team members tweeted their “heartfelt goodbye” to their departed colleague.

NBC News Channel Washington Correspondent, Blayne Alexander, said she “couldn’t thank Amanda enough for being a trailblazer and inspiration to countless journalists.”

During her long career as a TV journalist, Amanda Davis was honored with many an award, including the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award, ten Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Gabby Award and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Pioneer of the Year Award.

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Amanda Davis, an icon of the Atlanta press corps. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda’s family, especially her daughter, during this difficult time,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a statement.

“Amanda’s smile was known to people across the entire metropolitan Atlanta region. Amanda lit up the screen and forged a bond with her viewers. Her absence will be felt for years to come,” said the statement.

“During this holiday season, let us be reminded of the need to hold our loved ones close, and cherish every moment we spend with our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.”

Capt. Tommy Rutledge, Public Information Officer at the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, released the following statement.

“Dear friends and colleagues at CBS 46 News in Atlanta:

Please know that all of you are in my sincere thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  I too came up in my career as a Fire-PIO with Amanda Davis.  I remember doing a “live phoner” interview with her and Russ Spencer at WAGA early in my career.  Amanda was a true professional and had a real knack for reporting the news that’s fair accurate and balanced.  I will forever remember Amanda as a gracious woman who always gave her best and accomplished so much in her career and lifetime.  She will truly be missed.

I appreciate the great work that everyone at CBS 46 does each day to cover the stories across metro Atlanta and around the world.  I pray God’s continued comfort, peace and blessing for your staff and industry.”

Amanda, who had worked at FOX5 for 26 years before she joined CBS46, had a history of arrests, including a DUI arrest in 2012, as well as arrests in 2015 and 2016 for driving with a suspended license.
Her struggle with alcoholism is also a well-documented fact.
Amanda is survived by her daughter Melora Rivera from an eight-year relationship which ended when her fiancé broke the engagement.

Rivera is a writing assistant on “Being Mary Jane” on BET.

Here are some more tweets from colleagues and friends.

Julie Smith – CBS46 ATL AM Traffic Reporter and Host of Atlanta Plugged In

Tyler Perry – Writer, Director, Producer, Actor

Rebekka Schramm – CBS46 Morning News

Sharon Reed – CBS46 Anchor/Reporter

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