Butterfield Statement on the Passing of Celebrated News Anchor Ervin Hester

Oct 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement on the passing of prominent news anchor and Durham native, Ervin Lee Hester, Sr.:

“My heart is heavy upon learning of the passing of renowned news anchor and my dear friend, Ervin Hester.  Regarded as one of the most prominent and pioneering African American journalists in the southeast, Ervin began his career in the 1960’s as an announcer for WSRC-AM in Durham.  I have fond memories of tuning in to his broadcasts as a young student at North Carolina Central University.  He was a trailblazer in media, and in 1996, he became the first African American inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

“Ervin Hester’s voice will be missed, but his legacy will continue to have a lasting impact on how we view news and journalism today.  I send my condolences to Ervin’s family, friends, colleagues, and all who followed his work.  Rest easy, my friend.”