JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Rev. Ken Dean, a key figure in WLBT’s storied history, has died.
A tireless advocate of civil rights equality and justice, Dean helped form a racially integrated group, New South, to take over WLBT’s broadcast license in 1971.
The FCC found the station did not fairly serve its large African American audience.
Under his leadership, WLBT got the first African American general manager and fully integrated news channel in the country.
In 2013, Dean was awarded a Lifetime Achievement EMMY from NBC for broadcast journalism.
Kenneth Dean was 83-years-old.