Hooks joins WBAL as political analyst

April 29, 1992|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Television Critic

Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks is coming to Baltimore television.

WBAL (Channel 11) yesterday announced that the 67-year-old executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is joining Channel 11 as a political analyst. His debut will be at noon today with a piece on the Pennsylvania primary.

"The 1992 election season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in history . . . and there are a number of developments in the campaign where the insight of Dr. Hooks will prove to be beneficial," said David Roberts, the station's associate news director.

Dr. Hooks, who recently announced his retirement from the NAACP effective next April, will appear primarily on the station's 6 p.m. newscasts, Roberts said. He added that Dr. Hooks will be on the air on the night of each primary, throughout station coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer and on election night Nov. 6. Dr. Hooks will also appear when there is a major development in the campaigns, Roberts said.

Dr. Hooks, an attorney and Baptist minister, served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission from 1972 to 1977. He is no newcomer to TV. In the 1980s, he appeared regularly on Post-Newsweek TV stations as a host of public affairs programs. He is a frequent guest on network news, talk and public affairs shows. Dr. Hooks lives in Baltimore.

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