KCEN, a local news station in Texas, has hired news anchors who are all Black women.
Starting back on May 2, Jasmin Caldwell, Taheshah Moise and meteorologist Ashley Carter began hosting Texas Today. The weekday morning news show airs on KCEN, which is an NBC affiliate serving Temple, Waco, Killeen, and the surrounding areas.
Caldwell, who joined the station in 2017, told KCEN, "Growing up, I always saw all-white news anchors. I didn't think that there would ever be Black newscasts. I knew there was always room for one, but I didn't think that I would see three African Americans — male or female — permanently, all at one time. No way."
Carter revealed how she heard the news that KCEN would hire Black women anchors, “Maybe about three weeks to a month after I decided to come here I got an email saying Jasmin is going to be joining Texas Today, which is going make the show you're a part of all women.”
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She continued, “It was pretty cool. I was like wow. It was just the icing on the cake. Not only be able to advance my career to where I wanted, but to be able to do it next to these two.”
Moise added, “I just think back to when I was a young girl and I used to watch the news with my parents and I never saw anyone who looked like me. If I did, they were outside reporting in the cold.”
Texas Today airs Monday through Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
See a clip of the women in action below:
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