March 7, 1960
|Education||Ferris State University|
Academy of Art University
|Occupation||Journalist, TV Anchor|
|Good Morning America |
CBS Morning News
National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Dana King (born March 7, 1960) is an American broadcast journalist and sculptor. She served as an anchor for San Francisco CBS Affiliate KPIX. In 2012, King left KPIX to pursue her passion in sculpting and art. Her outdoor sculpture commemorating the Montgomery Bus Boycott is displayed at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
King won a local Emmy Award for her reporting in Honduras in 1998 and 2000, reporting on the consequences of Hurricane Mitch. King also won an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award in March 2005 for her reporting on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. She is also known for her coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan, and the September 11 Attacks.
King announced her departure as a news anchor for CBS San Francisco on December 7, 2012. Although this departure allowed King more free time to pursue her art career, she initially began her career while simultaneously working as a news anchor for KPIX-TV (CBS 5). In the time following her departure, King planned to pursue her passion for art and sculpting. King regarded sculpting to be her "third career," explaining art and sculpture to be her passion and true calling. King's art includes the mediums of sculpture, charcoal drawing, and oil painting. Furthermore, King explains her departure from journalism, saying, "I'm still a journalist, but now my medium is Clay."
Throughout her art career, King is known for her sculptures and community projects that revolve around the goal of portraying a political message. One of King's best known sculptures is her outdoor sculpture dedicated to the memory of the women who led and sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This sculpture is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice that opened in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. This sculpture depicts a teacher, grandma, and pregnant woman who are standing in a triangular formation. Furthermore, King utilized her knowledge gained through journalism to portray these women as if they were from 1950s Alabama. This sculpture of women, according to King, was meant to portray how the women involved were "quiet activists" who were silently making a difference although faced with discrimination.
On October 13, 2018 in Oakland, California, members of the Oakland community began the painting of a mural near a local homeless encampment with the theme "Oakland for all of us." This mural project was made possible by King who donated the space from the building she owns at East 12th Street and 13th Avenue. King donated the wall with the hope to bring the community together as well as bring awareness to political change. King explained, "Oakland is in the midst of an economic renaissance, but so many are being left behind."