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Gil Noble, the renowned African-American newscaster whose show “Like It Is” has aired on New York’s WABC-TV for 43 years, is reportedly stable after suffering a stroke.

According to the New York Daily News:

Noble, the host of WABC/Ch. 7’s “Like It Is,” is stablized, according to Ch. 7’s general manager, Dave Davis.

“I just visited with his family at the hospital, and the good news is he has stabilized and all his vital signs are good,” Davis said in an e-mail message to the station’s staff, obtained by the Daily News.

“For those of us who know Gil, we know the best medicine is his fighting spirit, and all the support from his family and friends,” Davis said.

Noble, 79, has been a correspondent since 1967, and has produced documentaries on Malcolm X and W.E.B. Du Bois.

Milton Allimadi of talks about the impact of Noble on Black New Yorkers:

Indeed, because Gil Noble’s show airs Sundays at noon on WABC channel 7, many people complain to me about their weekly dilemma; should they attend church services or stay at home and watch “Like It Is.”

So, today, I humbly invite all those who love Gil Noble and what he’s done to educate the world about the African experience –on the continent and in Diaspora– to take a moment and say some words in prayer for brother Gil Noble in this his hour of need.

WABC has set up a page to submit well-wishes.