Ex-Anchor Defends George Zimmerman

Journal-isms: A black family friend says that the man who shot Trayvon Martin is not racist.


Joe Oliver, Family Friend, Says Zimmerman Is No Racist

An African American former television anchor and reporter is emerging as one of the most vocal defenders of George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and sparked a national uproar.

Speaking on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ Joe Oliver said George Zimmerman is not a racist and has virtually lost his own life since the shooting,” the Associated Press reported.

” ‘This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it’s turned out horribly wrong,’ Oliver said.

“On NBC’s ‘Today’ show, Oliver said he had spoken with Zimmerman’s mother-in-law, who said Zimmerman was remorseful.

” ‘I learned that he couldn’t stop crying for days after the shooting,’ Oliver said.”

Oliver’s LinkedIn profile lists him as a forensic chart review specialist at Orlando-based Digital Risk, which specializes in residential mortgage risk management services.

In 2006, Oliver was a weekend anchor and news reporter for WESH-TV in Orlando. His bio then read, “Before joining the station, Joe was an anchor and reporter for KRON-TV in San Francisco, Calif. Prior to that, he worked in Atlanta, where he was an anchor and reporter for CNN. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.”

He went on to become a marketing director at Mesos Wellness and Cosmetic Laser Center in Orlando, a sales account executive at Genesis Communications, owners of WHOO-AM/WAMT-AM in Orlando, and a forensic chart review specialist.

“The current economic situation requires flexibility for many, especially many veterans in broadcast media. My year as an Account Executive in the wholesale mortgage industry has made it possible to return to the industry. I currently process loans in default for forensic underwriting and plan to use my skills as an investigator, communicator and educator to further my career with Digital Risk,” Oliver wrote on LinkedIn.