Noteworthy

Former WRAL reporter dies

Posted February 10, 2010 3:57 p.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2010 4:12 p.m. EST

A television news trailblazer passed away Tuesday.

Oscar Smith, 79, was the first black reporter for WRAL-TV. He started at the station in March 1972.

After leaving the station, he held positions in state government and was most recently was a columnist for The Carolinian newspaper.

Funeral arrangements are pending.