Living in a time where Black representation in media is still needed, we love to see the faces seated at this news station’s desk.
BET reports that local Texas news station KCEN — an NBC affiliate — has a show where its hosts are all Black women.
The show — “Texas Today” — is led by Jasmin Caldwell, Taheshah Moise, and meteorologist Ashley Carter, according to the outlet. Residents of Temple, Waco, Killeen, and surrounding areas are able to start their mornings by tuning into the show for the news.
Although being a part of the trio herself, the hiring move from KCEN still feels surreal in a sense.
“Growing up, I always saw all-white news anchors,” she said, according to BET. “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.”
Being a part of a dream come true happened for Caldwell about five years after first joining KCEN, but for Carter, the news came fairly quickly.
“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.”
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.”
During their time of sharing news with Texans, the three anchors will now serve as an example for young Black women that anything they want to achieve is truly within their reach.
“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.”