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Warren Bell Interview (1986)




Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-5

Duration: 00:07:24

Subjects: Bell, Warren | Journalists | Cocaine abuse | Drug addiction | Drugs


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Bell, Warren Interviewee


This segment from the October 5, 1986, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s interview with Warren Bell, the first black television anchor in New Orleans. He discusses: the impact of his cocaine addiction on his job at WDSU-TV; losing his job due to his addiction; his arrest for cocaine possession; working with a counselor; his disappointment at letting down the African American community in New Orleans; and his efforts to rebuild his life. Hosts: Rob Hinton and Sonya Masingale