The passing of Dorraine Samuels will leave a significant void in the profession.
Dorraine was one of the few broadcasters who were able to seamlessly move between the media of radio and television. She was not only a broadcaster, but someone who also worked tirelessly to aid the less fortunate.
Dorraine was a breath of fresh air on the airwaves, and we welcomed her into our homes daily over the decades, whether she was delivering the major newscasts on RJR, or hosting her various radio programmes, The Sunday Magazine, Jamaica Today, and Dorraine’s Coffee Break. For 14 years, she also co-anchored Prime Time News on TVJ.
The PAJ twice recognised Dorraine for her exemplary service, first in 2004. Also honoured that year was Alan Magnus, who co-hosted RJR’s flagship morning programme Good Morning Jamaica with her for two decades. In 2012, Dorraine was again the toast of the PAJ, when she was one of five “News Anchors of Excellence” recognised during National Journalism Week.
With nearly four decades in the broadcasting business Dorraine was the consummate professional, presenting the news flawlessly.
Despite her illness, she continued her duties up to days before her surgery.
The PAJ extends deepest condolences to Dorraine’s children, her sister, and the entire RJR family.