By Johnnie Grant –
An outpouring of condolences flooded the country for veteran Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis.
Davis suffered a massive stroke at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport while awaiting a flight to San Antonio, TX to attend her stepfather’s funeral. Her death at age 62 drew reaction from national organizations such as the National Association of Black Journalists, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, filmmaker Tyler Perry, and some of the city’s most prominent leaders.
A veteran Atlanta television news anchor for more than 25 years, Davis’s achievements included launching a segment encouraging foster children adoptions. She also had a passion for doing the right thing for people in need of help. That was her franchise—trying to help people.
In recent years, Davis talked publicly about her struggles with alcoholism and depression and did an in-depth series about her alcoholism in 2016.
“It’s totally wrong to drink and get behind the wheel,” she said. “I have no excuse, but when you are impaired, you are not making good decisions. Bad things happen, and yes, they happened to me. Yes, I could’ve called a cab, an Uber driver or a friend, but I didn’t want anyone to know. That was one of my troubles and secrets. I didn’t want anyone to know. I just wanted to get home where no one knew me, and I wasn’t thinking about anybody else.”
Amanda’s awards over the years included the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Pioneer of the Year Award and 10 Southeast Regional Emmys.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta.