Maryland Public Television has lost a talented and skilled reporter, and indeed a wonderful colleague and friend, with the passing of Lou Davis on August 2, 2016.
Lou joined MPT in 2002 as perhaps the most experienced journalist on our public affairs team. He skillfully covered the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis each year and, when the lawmakers were not in session, traveled the state to file reports on local attractions and events.
A video tribute
Lou was a native of Germany who came to the U.S. in 1940 and became a U.S. citizen eleven years later. Raised in Newburgh, New York, he graduated from Orange County Community College in 1957. Lou served for three years in the U.S. Army in northern Japan, gaining his first TV experience as a staff member of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services.
On his discharge from the military in 1963, he was presented with the Army’s “Golden Mike” award. After his military service, he worked at a number of radio stations in New York State until 1960. During the 1960s, he served as a reporter for both radio KYW in Philadelphia and WNEW in New York. As an NBC correspondent from 1970-75, he reported from Vietnam; Lou's remembrances of that time in his career are part of our Vietnam documentary, Maryland Vietnam War Stories.
After his NBC stint, he was later stationed in the network’s Cleveland and Atlanta bureaus. Lou was political commentator at WSB-TV in Atlanta for seven years, and for two decades he worked as State House bureau chief for Baltimore’s WMAR-TV.
Among the many honors that Lou earned over a five-decade career are a 2000 Emmy® award for lifetime achievement and the prestigious Ted Yates Award in 2007 for outstanding news and public affairs achievement, presented by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He earned a trio of NATAS Emmy® awards for commentary and reporting and four honors for his journalistic excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Lou was inducted into MPT's Walk of Fame in 2015.