San Francisco journalist Ray Taliaferro disappeared in Kentucky

adminNovember 25, 2018

A journalist and radio broadcaster from the Bay Area last seen near a pizzeria in Kentucky has been missing for two weeks, according to media reports.

Raphael "Ray" Taliaferro, a journalist and news anchor at KGO-AM radio and KRON-TV in San Francisco, was last seen near a pizzeria called "Mellow Mushroom" in Paducah, Kentucky, on November 10, according to the press. reports.

The pamphlet of a missing person published by the Paducah Police Department indicated that he may have been experiencing "disorientation and signs of dementia," according to a KRON 4 report.

Officials from the Paducah Police Department and the Massac County Sheriff's Department in Illinois could not be contacted immediately to comment on the disappearance of Taliaferro.

It is not clear if he was visiting or living in Kentucky when he disappeared.

Taliaferro helped found the National Association of Black Journalists in 1975 and was awarded the Black Chamber Life Award by the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce in 1994, according to the National Association of Black Journalists.

The 1994 prize recognized him as a "precursor in the transmission".

The association incorporated Taliaferro into its hall of fame in January 2011. The association created the "Ray Taliaferro NABJ Entrepreneurial Spirit Award" in his honor to recognize the "journalistic entrepreneurial spirit" among the members of the association.

Anyone with information about Taliaferro's whereabouts can contact the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8548.

Lauren Hernandez is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: Twitter: @LaurenPorFavor

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