Pete Cary, pioneer in Cleveland broadcasting, passes away

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Cleveland’s first African-American television reporter Pete Cary passed away on Sunday at the age of 86.

Pete, a pioneer in Cleveland broadcasting, worked at FOX 8 from 1966-1989. He was hired to cover the Hough Riots from his prior job at WJMO Radio.

While at Channel 8, Pete covered a variety of stories as a general assignment reporter, and he was also a host and producer of the Public Affairs shows “Rap and Neighborhood.” Pete was a member of the Silver Circle and the Press Club Hall of Fame. Pete Cary’s funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the E.F. Boyd Funeral Home on 89th and Cedar.

Pete is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and son, Carl. We featured Pete Cary as part of our Portrait in Black History in February. You can watch the video above for more.

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