Rochester’s first African-American woman TV reporter Wyoma Best passed away

Rochester’s first African-American woman TV reporter Wyoma Best passed away

August 25, 2017 11:50 PM

Former News10NBC reporter Wyoma Best passed away Friday afternoon at age 74.

Best was the first African-American woman reporter on Rochester television.

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While at WHEC, Best was a tenacious reporter. She tracked down then-Senator Ted Kennedy while he was in Brockport, to question him about the 1980 Presidential race.

Best worked here at WHEC in the 1970s. She left to become vice president of communications for Rochester's Chamber of Commerce, a position she held for many years.

Her daughter Talethea said that Best had been battling a chronic illness for years, and that she died in hospice Friday afternoon peacefully, with her family at her side.

Wyoma Best was 74 years old.

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists set up a scholarship in her name.

A public service will be held. Plans have not been finalized.

Wyoma Best is survived by her husband Robert, two daughters and two grandchildren.

Our thoughts are with them.

Retired longtime News10NBC anchor Janet Lomax said:  “Wyoma Best embodied not only the best traits a journalist could have, but the best traits a human being could have.  She has touched many, many lives through her work as a journalist and later as a VP of Communications at the former Chamber of Commerce.  She made many friends along the way.  We will miss the compassion and grace she shared with others. Wyoma Best was a trailblazer. She was one-of-a-kind. She will be missed."

Veteran News10NBC reporter Lynette Adams said: "I owe Wyoma a debt of gratitude for blazing a trail for me and others. Wthout a Wyoma Best, there would be no Lynette Adams. This is a great loss to our community."


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