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Belva Davis inducted into the California Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO (KRON) - A special night in Sacramento as Governor Jerry Brown inducted eight people into the California Hall of Fame.

Belva Davis is an icon in the Bay Area and she worked at KRON for years.

Davis was one of 12 people honored on Tuesday night.

She was the first woman of color to work as a television reporter on the west coast of the United States.

She has won eight Emmy Awards for her reports on some of the biggest stories in the Bay Area including the birth of the black panthers, and the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Belva says she was humbled to be rewarded for her accomplishments.

“I tried to keep from crying, but a few tears fell,” Belva said. “When you are where you are, you don't really take yourself so seriously. You know you shouldn't. The person you are interviewing is the person you want something from, so when I saw all of that and I saw those people and saw those people who bothered to talk to me, I wanted to go yay.”

Among those honored were former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Robert Redford and Joan Baez.

It was the twelfth year of the State Hall of Fame Ceremony.

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