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For more than 38 years, Sandra Hughes was a familiar face at WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, NC. A history-making broadcaster, Sandra is the first African-American woman in the Piedmont to host her own daily talk show. She is also the first African-American woman to host the entertainment show “PM Magazine” in the Southeast region.

Sandra started her career with WFMY News 2 in 1972 as a general assignment reporter. A couple of years later, she moved on to host her own talk show, “Sandra & Friends.” During this time, some members of the WFMY audience objected to seeing a woman of color on the air. This led to threatening letters, phone calls and confrontations on the street. Sandra refused to let this negative pressure stop the show. She felt the daily show was a positive to everyone in the community. When the TV station started receiving bomb threats when “Sandra & Friends” was on the air, the entire station had to be evacuated. But Sandra felt strongly enough about the potential benefit of the show, that she always stayed (along with one director) and carried the show alone for the thirty minutes. Even when the threats carried over to her family, Sandra and her family found ways to be safe, but stay the course.

Sandra graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in English. She was named an “Unsung Hero” by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum for her role in helping integrate broadcast airways in the Triad. She was recently inducted into the “Silver Circle”, a broadcaster’s hall of fame in Nashville, Tennessee by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Sandra was also inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.

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Founder of Indigo Creative Works, Shellée is an award-winning multimedia producer, storyteller, writer and director. We are a full-service, creative media services firm that delivers results on budget, on time. Our primary asset is "storytelling" powered…


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