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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Tomatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
The Beach
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1946
Birth Location:
Durham, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Tomatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
The Beach
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1946
Birth Location:
Durham
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Biography

Journalist Sandra Hughes was born on October 18, 1946 in Durham, North Carolina. While her biological father was Alexander Cotton, she was raised by her mother Alice Marie Amis Daye, a housekeeper, and her stepfather Charlie Alfred Daye, an auto mechanic. Hughes graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1964 and went on to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she earned her B.S. degree in English education in 1969.

Hughes worked briefly as a technical publications editor for Western Electric upon graduating, but was hired in 1972 as a general assignment reporter by WFMY-TV in 1972. She became the first African American woman to host her own daily talk show in the Piedmont, in 1974, with Sandra and Friends. In 1976, she was the first female broadcaster invited to participate in the European Communities’ Visitors Program. Hughes was the first African American woman in the Southeast to host the nationally syndicated PM Magazine, in 1978. She joined Lee Kinard in hosting the Good Morning Show in 1985. That same year, Hughes was appointed manager of WFMY-TV’s community affairs department, where she started the “2 Those Who Care” initiative in 1989. In 1990, Hughes returned to the newsroom as the 6 p.m. evening news anchor. She spearheaded the Minority Broadcast Development Program in 1992. Hughes retired from WFMY-TV in 2010, and began teaching at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University the following year as an adjunct professor of journalism.

Hughes received the Edward R. Murrow award for news reporting from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in 1981, and was the first African American in the Piedmont to receive the award. She was recognized by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1995 as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2002, she received the North Carolina Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and July 24th of that year was proclaimed “Sandra Daye Hughes” Day by the Guilford County Commissioners. She has won multiple “Best of Gannett” awards for news anchoring and specific programs, and was named an “Unsung Hero” by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in 2006. Hughes was given the Sojourner Truth Award by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. in 2009, and the newsroom at WFMY-TV was renamed “The Sandra Daye Hughes Information Center” the following year. Also, in 2010, The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences inducted Hughes into the Silver Circle, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters inducted her into the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and she received an honorary doctorate of humanities from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, her alma mater. Hughes received the Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2014.

Hughes lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband. She has two children and two grandchildren. Hughes had a third child who passed away in 1984.

Sandra Hughes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 13, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sandra Hughes' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Hughes describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Hughes remembers her mother's personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Hughes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Hughes describes her stepfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Hughes describes her early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Hughes remembers her mother's personality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Hughes lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sandra Hughes describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Hughes describes the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes recalls her early experiences of bullying
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Hughes describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Hughes remembers her favorite television shows
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Hughes recalls her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Hughes remembers the sit-ins at Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sandra Hughes describes the segregation of Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sandra Hughes remembers the sit-ins at Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sandra Hughes remembers witnessing discrimination against her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sandra Hughes describes her experiences at Notre Dame High School in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Hughes describes her experiences at Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes recalls her audition for the Richard B. Harrison Players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Hughes recalls her husband's conscription into the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Hughes describes her position at the Western Electric Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Hughes remembers the Greensboro uprising of 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Hughes talks about her husband's military service in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Hughes describes how she came to work for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Hughes describes her role as a reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes recalls the threats against her as a black woman broadcast journalist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Hughes talks about balancing her career and family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Hughes describes her talk show, 'Sandra and Friends'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Hughes recalls the celebrity guests on 'Sandra and Friends'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Hughes describes the WFMY-TV show, 'PM Magazine'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Hughes describes the European Community Visitors Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Hughes remembers the Greensboro massacre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sandra Hughes recalls the death of her youngest son, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Hughes recalls the death of her youngest son, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes remembers the WFMY-TV helicopter crash
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Hughes talks about her position on WFMY-TV's 'Good Morning Show'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Hughes recalls becoming an evening news anchor at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Hughes describes her awards and honors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Hughes talks about the Minority Broadcast Development Program at WFMY-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Hughes remembers the stories she covered at WFMY-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Hughes reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sandra Hughes describes her hopes for the African American community in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sandra Hughes reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Sandra Hughes talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Sandra Hughes talks about the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Sandra Hughes describes her teaching position at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Sandra Hughes describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Sandra Hughes talks about her award from the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sandra Hughes narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sandra Hughes narrates her photographs, pt. 2