Gloria Penner, who paved the way for women in the local media and helped turn KPBS into a public-broadcasting powerhouse, died on Saturday at the age of 81. She battled cancer for two years.
Penner worked at the station since 1969. “She believed the struggles of women and minorities, single parents, seniors on fixed incomes and striving members of the working class to be worth our time and attention,” wrote KPBS.
Her last broadcast, as host of “The Midday Edition Roundtable,” came July 20, when our own Keegan Kyle appeared on the show.
Penner began inviting our editors and journalists on her roundtables in 2006 and since then, we’ve been mainstays. She always trumpeted our value to the community and we were deeply grateful to have such a trusted person introduce us to so many San Diegans.
Lewis and Penner moderated a mayoral debate in April. If she was suffering in the throes of cancer treatment, she didn’t let it show.