Ken Bedford is a Television Emmy and Peter Litsinor Award (the most prestigious journalism award), award winning news photographer for over forty years at ABC-TV7 in Chicago. His career includes covering news stories across the globe, He has worked with The Oprah Winfrey Show, Phil Donahue Show and World News Tonight nightly news on Abc-tv’s network broadcast. In addition to his network chores, he has covered many top news stories in the Chicago area, including parades, political and world leaders, and the election night coverage of Barack Obama in Grant park.
In April of 2004, Ken lost his wife of eighteen years, Anaia, to breast cancer. After her death, he formed ABCA, Inc (Anaia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program) in memory of his wife, to help women of color become better educated on the importance of getting screened with mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer. To do that, Ken has produced a series of events that attract women. The idea was to gather women to a special occasion in a way that would not frighten the women away from attending. Often these events have been concerts/dances, utilizing national celebrities to entertain them. “Once they’re assembled, I can begin to educate them in a way that helps to dispel their fears and myths about breast cancer. They leave the event encouraged to want to get screened, Ken said. Women who are uninsured or are unemployed and cannot pay for their mammograms don’t have to worry, ABCAP pays for them”, he added. “Ken has taken the program to churches, battered women’s shelters, shopping malls, hair salons and food stores in underserved communities like Woodlawn and Englewood, where women lead the nation in the highest mortality rate from breast cancer. Lack of education about breast cancer and the inability to afford proper health care drive this alarming statistic. Each year, after the event Ken has provided a health seminar for women to learn more about breast cancer from people in the medical profession and even breast cancer survivors. Ken vows to keep this program going and saving lives until a cure is found for the disease.
Ken has also become a premier promoter of the Chicago based dance known as Steppin’. His events attract national recording artists, who perform while steppers dance to their hit songs. Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review, Howard Hewett, Chante Moore, Charlie Wilson, L J Reynolds and The Dramatics, The Whispers, Eric Benet, Melba Moore are just a few who have all performed at his Steppin’ events.