Joe Hicks, Community Activist Turned Conservative Pundit And Former KFI/Los Angeles Host, Passes Away
August 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM (PT)
JOE HICKS, the LOS ANGELES community activist turned conservative commentator and a former radio host, died SUNDAY in SANTA MONICA, CA of complications after a hernia operation at 75.
HICKS, the co-founder of the COMMUNITY ADVOCATES organization and a NAVY veteran, began his activism in the wake of the WATTS riots, later becoming a spokesman for the LOS ANGELES chapter of the ACLU and the head of the local chapter of the SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFRERNCE, also serving as one of the rotating co-hosts of then-PBS affiliate KCET-TV/LOS ANGELES' "LIFE & TIMES" and Executive Director of the LOS ANGELES City Human Relations Commission.
After 9/11, however, disillusioned with the effects of affirmative action and liberal policies, he moved towards the right and became a familiar conservative pundit on television and radio. In 2006-2009, he hosted a weekend show for iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES, and more recently hosted a video show for PAJAMAS MEDIA's PJTV.COM. He also wrote op-ed pieces for several publications, including the LOS ANGELES TIMES and WASHINGTON POST.