Funeral Announced for TV News Reporter Norman Lumpkin


By Glenn Halbrooks

Funeral arrangements have now been announced for TV news pioneer Norman Lumpkin, who died May 6.

The funeral will be Tuesday, May 13, at Metropolitan United Methodist Church on Rosa Parks Avenue in Montgomery. The service will begin at 11 a.m. His body will be buried at Canaan Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery in Anne Manie.

Lumpkin was the first black TV reporter in Montgomery. He 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.

Despite the racial tensions that existed in Alabama in the 1960s, Lumpkin 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. 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.

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