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Council member Barbara Marshall dies at 64

The former newswoman battled colon cancer


POSTED: 04:00 p.m. HST, Feb 22, 2009

 

Barbara Marshall, a Honolulu City Council member who first began her career in Honolulu as one of the few woman newscasters, died this morning in Orange County, Calif. She was 64.

Marshall was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, and has remained mostly out of the public eye while undergoing treatment. Marshall was known as tough and relentless, both as the leader of the City Council and as a television news reporter.

As the leader of the City Council, Marshall remained mostly independent from the political divide at the nine-member body. She was one of the two councilmembers who voted against Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s proposed multibillion-dollar elevated rail transit system, citing its high costs. 

During the rail debate that created much controversy in the community in the summer of 2008, Marshall was diagnosed with colon cancer — her third battle with cancer. That year, she was overwhelmingly re-elected. 

An Illinois native, Marshall moved to Kailua in 1979 and worked several positions for KHON Channel 2 News, including as a reporter, producer and anchor. There, she earned a reputation as a bulldog reporter and gained an affectionate nickname of “Sarge,” from popular news anchor Joe Moore.

“Barbara was one of the two best news producers I’ve ever worked with,” Moore said. “Barbara was intelligent, hard working, an outstanding news writer who had a great sense of what was and wasn’t important in a story. Under the pressure of deadlines, she could be a bit abrupt in dealing with people, and at times seemed to bark orders to our reporters and cameramen, and that’s why I lovingly called her ‘Sarge.’”

Marshall ended her 35-year career as a broadcast journalist on a sour note when her contract with KHON wasn’t renewed in August 2000. Several months later, in May 2001, she sued KHON, alleging that the station’s male leaders had made discriminatory statements against her because of her race, gender and age.

The suit was settled out of court, and Marshall left journalism and entered the real estate business before launching her political career in 2002.

Four days after she was elected in 2002 to represent the Windward side of Oahu, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer but the tumor was successfully removed. Then two years later, Marshall was diagnosed again with cancer and made a successful recovery. 

The last time Marshall was seen publicly was at the City Council inauguration ceremony in January. Marshall, seated in a wheelchair, stayed for some of the ceremony but left before the speeches. She stepped down as the City Council leader in November.

 

 

Barbara Marshall, a Honolulu City Council member who first began her career in Honolulu as one of the few woman newscasters, died this morning in Orange County, Calif. She was 64.

Marshall was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, and has remained mostly out of the public eye while undergoing treatment. Marshall was known as tough and relentless, both as the leader of the City Council and as a television news reporter.

As the leader of the City Council, Marshall remained mostly independent from the political divide at the nine-member body. She was one of the two councilmembers who voted against Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s proposed multibillion-dollar elevated rail transit system, citing its high costs. 

During the rail debate that created much controversy in the community in the summer of 2008, Marshall was diagnosed with colon cancer — her third battle with cancer. That year, she was overwhelmingly re-elected. 

An Illinois native, Marshall moved to Kailua in 1979 and worked several positions for KHON Channel 2 News, including as a reporter, producer and anchor. There, she earned a reputation as a bulldog reporter and gained an affectionate nickname of “Sarge,” from popular news anchor Joe Moore.

“Barbara was one of the two best news producers I’ve ever worked with,” Moore said. “Barbara was intelligent, hard working, an outstanding news writer who had a great sense of what was and wasn’t important in a story. Under the pressure of deadlines, she could be a bit abrupt in dealing with people, and at times seemed to bark orders to our reporters and cameramen, and that’s why I lovingly called her ‘Sarge.’”

Marshall ended her 35-year career as a broadcast journalist on a sour note when her contract with KHON wasn’t renewed in August 2000. Several months later, in May 2001, she sued KHON, alleging that the station’s male leaders had made discriminatory statements against her because of her race, gender and age.

The suit was settled out of court, and Marshall left journalism and entered the real estate business before launching her political career in 2002.

Four days after she was elected in 2002 to represent the Windward side of Oahu, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer but the tumor was successfully removed. Then two years later, Marshall was diagnosed again with cancer and made a successful recovery. 

The last time Marshall was seen publicly was at the City Council inauguration ceremony in January. Marshall, seated in a wheelchair, stayed for some of the ceremony but left before the speeches. She stepped down as the City Council leader in November.


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