City Council makes it official: Ukee Washington is a ‘Living Legend’

Thanks to an award from Philadelphia City Council on Thursday, CBS3 anchor Ukee Washington is officially a “Living Legend.”

City Council on Thursday held a meeting honoring several individuals as part of Black History Month, CBS reports. Washington, 58, told attendees that he was “truly humbled and grateful” for the award.

“It’s our turn to help lead the way, to pass that torch, and keep our historical flame burning bright,” Washington said. “What an inspiring day it is.”

A longtime TV news personality in Philadelphia, Washington first joined CBS 3 in 1996, when he began serving as the station’s morning newscast co-anchor. Prior to beginning his run on-air in Philly, Washington, real name Ulysses Samuel Washington III, was a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Florida, and later at WSB-TV in Atlanta. He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Previous recipients of the Living Legends award include former Mayor John Street, NBC anchor Vai Sikahema, and Dr. Nicole Aqui of the University of Pennsylvania.