Journalists in Los Angeles are in mourning after the death of Margo Spann, a beloved TV reporter who was killed in a hit-and-run last Thursday, according to her former workplace News 3 Now.
Canyon News reported that Spann was crossing the street in Arlington Heights, on Venice Boulevard and Wilton Place around 6:30 a.m. when a white Chevrolet Silverado hit her. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Los Angeles County coroners.
The driver fled the scene and there is a reward of $50,000 for more information about what happened.
In an email to Canyon News and on Instagram, Black journalists organization NABJLA said Spann was a respected member who leaves behind dozens of friends and family members.
“We join the outpouring of love from Margo’s friends, family, and former colleagues back home in Milwaukee. We send our love and support to her family at this time of unspeakable pain and grief. Additionally, in the midst of our collective grief, we call on LAPD for transparency and on our community for assistance in finding who killed Margo,” the organization told Canyon News.
Before the award-winning 40-year-old worked for News 3 Now, she spent time as a disk jockey for Metro by T-Mobile and she went on to found Cocoa Hollywood Media, serving as content director, according to Madison365. She also was a brand representative for BDS Marketing LLC.
On her website, Spann writes that she became an assignment editor at ABC-affiliate WISN-TV in Wisconsin after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.
She won multiple awards for her journalism work at a number of stations across Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to work as an entertainment journalist.
She was also chief operating officer of the The James W. Spann II Foundation, a Wisconsin scholarship organization her family started in honor of her father.
“All of us who worked with Margo remember her warm personality, who made everyone laugh and made our newsroom a brighter place,” News 3 Now anchor Eric Franke said during a recent broadcast.
If you have information on the case, call the LAPD West Traffic Division at 213-473-0234 or 213-473-0562.