SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Our hearts are heavy as a beloved member of our community and a part of our ABC7 family passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Dr. Edward James II dedicated his life to making the Suncoast a better place to live for families now and future generations.
Dr. Ed James joined ABC7 in 1972 as a weekend news anchor. He's also spent the past 46 years as the producer and host of "Black Almanac," which airs Sunday mornings on ABC7.
"Black Almanac" is the longest airing, locally produced, public affairs program in the Southeastern United States.
Before coming to ABC7, Dr. James served as a columnist and governmental reporter for the Sarasota Journal. He was also the writer/associate producer of "Positively Black," a weekly half hour public affairs program on New York's WNBC-TV. Ed also worked as an Editorial Assistant at the New York Post.
Ed has always been active in the community, working with organizations from the NAACP, Coalition of African American Leadership, Sarasota Committee of 100, North Sarasota County Civic League and many more. In fact, Dr. James was honored with a Lifetime Service Award and a Freedom Award by the Sarasota County NAACP. He was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sarasota African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Edward James II is survived by his wife Helen and their three children.