Legendary Alabama TV Broadcaster Norman Lumpkin Dies


By Glenn Halbrooks

We are sad to report the death of legendary Alabama TV broadcaster Norman Lumpkin.

Lumpkin died this morning, according to Ross-Clayton Funeral Home in Montgomery, which is handling his funeral arrangements.

Lumpkin worked at WSFA in Montgomery from 1969 until the 1990s, when he became news director and anchor for ABC Montgomery, then known as WHOA. He later became public relations director for the state highway department.

Lumpkin was a broadcasting pioneer as the first black TV news reporter in Montgomery. Despite the racial tensions that existed, he broke stories and had a good working relationship over his career with Gov. George Wallace. Lumpkin became one of the best investigative reporters in the state, covering government and crime.

Through his decades-long career, he served as a mentor to many aspiring TV journalists. Lumpkin also had a great sense of humor, despite the serious nature of many of his stories. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences prestigious Silver Circle.

All of us at CBS 8, ABC Montgomery and the entire Alabama News Network offer our sympathies to his family. We'll keep you updated on funeral arrangements when they are announced.

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