Atlanta news anchor Jovita Moore died late Thursday night at age 53, nearly seven months after she was diagnosed with an incurable and aggressive form of brain cancer.
The broadcast journalist’s WSB-TV co-anchor Justin Farmer shared the heartbreaking news on Friday morning, saying she ‘passed peacefully’ with family by her side ‘as she wanted.’
Moore, who had been with the news station for over two decades, is survived by her children Shelby and Joshua, her stepdaughter Lauren, and her mother Yvonne.
Heartbreaking loss: Atlanta news anchor Jovita Moore died late Thursday night at age 53, nearly seven months after she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer
Loss: Moore’s WSB-TV co-anchor Justin Farmer (far left) shared the devastating news on Friday morning, saying she ‘passed peacefully’ with her family by her side ‘as she wanted’
She was experiencing symptoms of forgetfulness and disorientation when she went to the doctor in April and learned she had two masses on her brain.
‘I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented, and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog,’ Moore said earlier this year.
She was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common type of malignant brain tumor among adults. There is no cure, only treatment.
Moore underwent radiation and therapy to slow down the aggressive form of cancer, which can also affect the spinal cord.
The New York native graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College in Vermont before earning her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Columbia University in New York.
Family: Moore is survived by her children Shelby and Joshua, her stepdaughter Lauren, and her mother Yvonne
Success: Moore, who had been with WSB-TV since 1998, was awarded a total of nine Emmys for her work as a broadcast journalist
Moore, who started her news career as an intern at the New York Times, worked at news stations in Tennessee and Arkansas before starting at WSB-TV in 1998.
Throughout her career, she covered a number of major events, including former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. She was awarded a total of nine Emmys for her work as a broadcast journalist.
A number of people took to social media on Friday to share their sadness over Moore’s passing, including actor and director Tyler Perry, former Georgia representative Stacey Abrams, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
‘Jovita Moore,’ Perry tweeted. ‘We know you fought with all you had! I will miss your beautiful smile and warm laughter, let alone seeing you in my living room everyday. You will be missed greatly my friend. Many heartfelt prayers to your family. May your soul travel well! Life is but a moment.’
‘Today, we mourn the passing of @jovitamoore, who used her voice and platform to highlight important issues impacting Atlantans for more than 20 years,’ Abrams wrote. ‘May God bless her family, loved ones, and @wsbtv colleagues in their time of grief.’
Mourning: Actor Tyler Perry, former Georgia representative Stacey Abrams, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms were among those who paid tribute to Moore on Twitter Friday
Meanwhile, Bottoms shared that her family ‘is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend,’ saying: ‘Even those who did not know her personally felt a deep and personal connection to Jovita.’
Farmer said the general manager at the station, Ray Carter, broke the news to staffers that morning.
‘In his comments, he reminds us that scripture says that there’s a time to be joyous, and a time to laugh, and a time to cry,’ the anchor said. ‘Today we will cry. And we will remember and honor our colleague and friend Jovita.’
After the station’s on-air tribute to Moore, he added: ‘There is no making sense of a tragic death such as this. It’s pain. It’s going to stay for a while.’
Farmer recalled visiting Moore in her living room a few weeks ago, saying she told him: ‘Yep, Farmer, I got a bad hand. Sometimes that is just life.’
WSB-TV said people can honor Moore’s memory with donations to Our House Atlanta or The National Brain Tumor Society — ‘two organizations that are very important to her.’