|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1994|
Anchorwoman and Emmy-winning reporter of the 1970s and 1980s, more commonly known as Pat Harper, also among the first women to become a television news anchor. Her most notable New York co-anchor affiliations include WPIX channel 11 (on the then-titled ACTION NEWS with Steve Bosh) and WNBC channel 4 with Chuck Scarborough. In 1980, she became the first female anchor of an independent national news broadcast, "USA Tonight", a syndicated program televised in 200 cities. Harper successfully achieved an enviable reputation in journalism and an attractive presence on camera, despite the notion at the time that younger reporters were preferred for television, as she firmly believed that "when it comes to news, the audience wants credibility." While at WNBC, Harper won another Emmy for her groundbreaking work on an undercover investigation in which she left her luxurious East Side apartment with 80 cents in her pocket and spent five days living on the street "to learn what it's like to be homeless." Harper spent the days wandering the streets in the icy January rain and her nights sleeping in doorways, subway stations and public shelters. She began to realize that most homeless people were not much different than she. Several people helped, giving her food and advice on how to survive without money. In one particular scene, a well-dressed woman wearing a mink coat passed the disguised Harper, then walked back to her and pressed some money right into Harper's hand. She was so moved by the act and she later explained that it made her realize that there are still some very good people in New York City, and that many homeless are simply normal people who have been hit with financial problems from which they have not been able to rebound. In 1990, Harper retired from news reporting and moved to Capileira, near Grenada in southern Spain, where she lived until her death in 1994. (bio by: H F Chavez)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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