Who is Jovita Moore? Emmy-winning Atlanta TV anchor to undergo surgery for brain tumor dubbed 'upbeat, optimistic'

'Those tumors don’t know who they are facing!' wrote a fan on Twitter while expressing their support for Moore

                            Who is Jovita Moore? Emmy-winning Atlanta TV anchor to undergo surgery for brain tumor dubbed 'upbeat, optimistic'
Jovita Moore (Getty Images)

Jovita Moore, the renowned journalist from WSB-TV, was diagnosed with two brain tumors on Monday, April 12, 2021, and will be undergoing critical surgery on Friday, April 16. On Monday, she was not feeling well before going live on air with co-anchor Justin Farmer. Later, she felt like she would collapse while walking through a grocery store parking lot. The tumors were found soon after Moore underwent an MRI. 

Support and prayers continue to pour in for the dynamic anchor from Channel 2 Action News, after WSB-TV opened a public forum for internet users to drop in their heartfelt messages and best wishes to Moore. "Sending every single positive thought your way! I’m praying your surgery goes well and that you recover quickly! You’ve always been someone I’ve admired as a broadcaster and a person. You definitely left an impression on this former intern. Get well soon!" tweeted ABC12 journalist Matt Barbour.

Meanwhile, Moore's neurosurgeon Dr Edjah Nduom shared, "I can tell you Jovita is upbeat, optimistic and feels surrounded by love. All of those things feed into someone being in a good place to recover."


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Who is Jovita Moore?

Fifty-two-year-old Jovita Moore is a veteran Channel 2 news anchor who has worked at stations in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Memphis in the past.

Born on October 4, 1968, Moore originally hails from New York. She attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont, according to TheWhoIs Bio

Moore's career started way back in 1990 when she worked as a reporter at KFSM-TV in Arkansas. She then worked for a while at WMC-TV in Memphis, before joining WSB-TV in 1998. 

Jovita Moore (Getty Images)


What is Jovita Moore's net worth?

In 2012, Moore took over Monica Pearson as the primary female evening anchor for the channel. She currently anchors the 5 pm, 6 pm, and 11 pm newscasts on Channel 2 Action News. 

A prominent advocate for civic issues, she is also a part of various civic associations and non-profit organizations across Atlanta. She is also a prominent member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. 

During her illustrious career with the channel, Moore has won multiple Emmy awards for her brilliant reporting. In 2007, she was featured in the 40 Under 40 list by Georgia Trend magazine. She was also selected among Jezebel magazine's 50 Most Beautiful. If net worth aggregators are to be believed, Moore earns an annual salary of around $57,305 and her net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million. 


In her personal life, Jovita Moore is a single mother with three children - Shelby, Marley, and Josh. In her childhood, Moore was also raised by a single mother. Before her brain tumor diagnosis, Moore struggled with uterine fibroids for over twenty years. 

On Monday, Moore recalled feeling 'forgetful, disoriented' and 'in a fog' all of a sudden. "It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix. I was walking. I remember walking across the parking lot and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it to the door. I was almost like walking in quicksand," she revealed. 

Her doctor has said that the prognosis is still unclear and his team is working on a plan of action. WSB-TV reported that recovery from the surgery will take around 8-10 weeks.

Jovita Moore attends the Oval and Sistas screenings at Southern Exchange on October 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

'God got you, my friend...'

As Moore remains surrounded by her family and loved ones before undergoing the crucial surgery, prayers and wishes are pouring in for her all over Twitter. Fellow journalists are expressing their heartfelt wishes for Moore's speedy recovery.

"God got you, my friend. Praying mightingly for a successful surgery. Sending you huge hugs," wrote Alive News reporter Shiba Russell.

NBC journalist Adam Harding tweeted, "Sending you prayers and good thoughts @JovitaMoore! Atlanta is behind you!"

Her WSB-TV colleague Richard Elliot wrote, "We’re with Team Jovita!" while a fan responded, "Team Jovita! Those tumors don’t know who they are facing! They are about to catch an epic beat down from the entire city of Atlanta #jovitamoore #TeamJovita"