Los Angeles Journalist Margo Spann Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

Margo Spann Headshot (Credit: margospann.com)

Los Angeles journalist Margo Spann is being remembered by friends and fellow journalists after she was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a pickup struck Spann as she walked across the street on Thursday, March 11, about 6:25 a.m. in the Mid-City neighborhood.

“A vehicle was traveling eastbound on Venice Boulevard when it collided with a pedestrian crossing within the marked crosswalk at the intersection of Wilton Place,” the LAPD said in a statement. “The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid or identify themselves as required by California law.”

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Paramedics responded, but Spann suffered severe injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The vehicle involved was described as a white Chevrolet full-sized pickup truck.

A $50,000 reward, funded by the city of L.A.’s “Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund,” was offered for information in the case. A day after the crash, the LAPD West Traffic Division announced a suspect had been arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Spann served on the board of directors for the National Association of Black Journalists Los Angeles Chapter and was remembered in a statement from the organization.

“With heavy hearts and great concern, the Board of Directors of NABJLA send our condolences to the family of our fellow board member, Margo Spann,” NABJLA said. “We join the outpouring of love from Margo’s friends, family, and former colleagues back home in Milwaukee. We send our love and support to her family at this time of unspeakable pain and grief.”

According to Spann’s personal website, she moved to L.A. in 2014 and had been working as an entertainment journalist and a music D.J. In 2018, she launched Cocoa Hollywood Media, a production company and consulting firm.

She previously worked in television news as an assignment editor at WISN-TV (ABC) in her hometown of Milwaukee. She also had jobs at WVTV (CW) in Milwaukee; WSAW-TV (CBS) in Wausau, Wisconsin; and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison as the Rock County reporter.

Spann attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She wrote for the Daily Cardinal, the school’s student newspaper, and was editor of the multicultural student newspaper Discourse.

The above image is courtesy of margospann.com.