News anchors are like family — streaming by television into our homes every day to deliver the latest developments around the world. In most cases, they are the first faces we see in the morning, and many times the last faces we see at night.
And in that way, their presence in our lives are expected, and losing them can be devastating.
That was evident with the loss of Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis, whose death left a city devastated. Davis' death also reminded the world how hard Black women have had to work to get a seat at the anchor table. As broadcast journalists, Black women have endured racism, sexism, and criticism about everything from our skin tone and hair, to our diction.
It hasn’t been an easy road, but with each anchor, the road gets paved with more opportunities. And with the recent appointment of Hoda Kotb in the coveted Today Show slot left open by disgraced host Matt Lauer, it's clear Black women have been and will continue to persevere and run the show.
Here are a few news anchors that have broken the broadcasting glass ceiling.