Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catherine M. "Cathy" Milton Died Dec. 30, 2016 Trailblazing Journalist Who Had Long Television Career at Wtae

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catherine M. "Cathy" Milton Died Dec. 30, 2016 Trailblazing Journalist Who Had Long Television Career at Wtae

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During an afternoon spent horseback riding with her sister many years ago, broadcast journalist Catherine M. "Cathy" Milton was bucked off the animal's back. "She was really banged up," said her younger sister Dolores Powell of Blackridge.

But rather than go straight to the emergency room, she scuttled off to work the next day, injured. Then she asked her sister to go to her home and gather the belongings that she would need to go later to the hospital. "Meet me at the station after I get off," she told her.

Her work ethic was unparalleled. "She was fun, but she was serious," Ms. Powell said.

"She told my mother 'I want to be on the radio,' " she said. "Mother said 'if that's what you want, then that's what you have to work toward doing.' "

For nearly four full decades, Ms. Milton graced the airwaves and television screen with her lively reporting, boasting an illustrious career that would pave the way for more women and people of color to enter the media industry.

Ms. Milton died Friday at her home in Monroeville of complications from dementia. She was 86.

Beginning her career in 1956 at WLOA Braddock and WEDO McKeesport, Ms. Milton began learning how to master running a radio production. A year later, after finding her own sponsors, Ms. Milton joined WMCK McKeesport and hosted her own show - "The Date with Cathy Show."

Here, she began acquiring the popularity that would decorate her career through 1995, namely as a general assignment reporter at WTAE-TV for 27 years, and as the host of "Black Chronicle" in addition to co-hosting "Pittsburgh Dialogue" and "AM Pittsburgh."

"She knew every person who she needed to know in the African-American community in this town, to the point that she could pick up the phone and just ask a question," recalled former co-worker Regis Bobonis Jr., managing editor at WTAE-TV. …

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