GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sandra Hughes' list of contributions to journalism, our community, and the world, is a long one, and she'll be recognized for the those contributions later this year.
Hughes will receive the National Association of Black Journalists' Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to those whose body of work has made an impact on journalism. And, as few would argue, Hughes' impact is far reaching.
Hughes, a former WFMY News 2 anchor, has a storied career in television - both in the field and behind the anchor desk. She worked at WFMY News 2 for nearly 40 years, beginning as a general assignment reporter in 1972, and later becoming a host and anchor at the station.
Sandra is the first African-American woman in the Piedmont to host her own daily talk show, "Sandra & Friends," and the first African-American woman to host the entertainment show, "PM Magazine," in the Southeast.
At a time where our nation was still adjusting to integration, many people didn't want to see Hughes in her role. She tells stories of numerous bomb threats being called into the station during "Sandra & Friends." Because she believed in what she was doing and the message it sent, Hughes refused to leave when the station was evacuated. So, she and one technical director stayed behind to carry on the show.
Hughes later anchored WFMY News 2 at 6 until her retirement in 2010. But, she didn't let retirement keep her from contributing to the field. Hughes now teaches journalism courses at her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.
The Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award is another on a long list of honors for Hughes. She's received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, making her the first African-American woman to receive the honor; induction into the "Silver Circle," by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and induction into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, to name a few.
Hughes will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 39th annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Boston on August 2.
The award is named after one of NABJ's 44 founding members and the organization's first president, print journalist Chuck Stone.