May 13, 2022

TV Station in Texas Hires First Ever All-Black, All-Female News Anchor Team

KCEN news team

Three women — Taheshah Moise, Jasmin Caldwell, and Ashley Carter — are making history as news anchors for KCEN, a local TV station that broadcasts in various cities across central Texas including Temple, Waco, Killeen, and other surrounding areas. This is the first time in history that a US-based news team has been made up entirely of Black women.

The three said at first that while they had always dreamed of being news anchors, they never expected that they would make history while doing so. Taheshah and Jasmin are news anchors during the weekdays, and Ashley is the station's meteorologist.

"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," Jasmin told KCEN.

"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," Taheshah says.

"It didn't hit me then that nobody really looked like me, like the people I was watching growing up," Ashley says. "But then as I started to do it people started to point it out, how there was not a lot of women who are black and do the weather. It kind of added on the responsibility of ok I didn't get to see it growing up, and now little girls in this area are going to see me when they wake up and now it can become a reality."