Margo Spann, an award-winning television journalist and entrepreneur originally from Milwaukee and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was killed March 11 in an early morning hit-and-run in Los Angeles.

According to reports, police officials indicated that Spann, 40, was walking in a crosswalk at 6:30 a.m. when she was hit by a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in the vicinity of Arlington Heights, on Venice Boulevard and Wilton Place. The Los Angeles County coroners arrived at the location and pronounced Margo deceased at the scene.

A standing reward of up to $50,000 is available from the city of Los Angeles for information that helps police solve a fatal hit-and-run.

Spann attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1998-2002, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English Language and Literature/Letters.

Margo moved to LA in 2014 and worked as an Entertainment Journalist and Red Carpet Correspondent. In 2018 she launched Cocoa Hollywood Media, a Production company and Consulting Firm, according to the bio from her website.

Spann served as a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The chapter made a statement announcing Spann’s death on its Twitter page

“With heavy hearts and great concern, the Board of Directors of NABJLA send our condolences to the family of our fellow board member Margo Spann, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident earlier this week,” the post said. “We join the outpouring of love from Margo’s friends, family and former colleagues back home in Milwaukee. We send our love and support to her family at this time of unspeakable pain and grief.”