Johnnye T. Hughes, 1992
Johnnye T. Hughes (1934 - 2016) had a successful professional life, taking on various jobs over time, as well as taking on civic duties to better her community. She is best known for her career as a news broadcaster, being the first full-time Black woman in the newsroom at KKDA 730 AM. With her career in broadcasting, she took interest in media advocacy, working with Free Flow of Information (FFI), founding 2 local organizations (Black in Mass Media and Advancing Association of Artists and Writers), and working for change in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. She was part of the first group of minorities from 35 cities to meet with the FCC, and she helped get a Black FCC Commissioner appointed. By participating in the Newhouse, Gannett and Times Mirror license renewal hearings at the FCC, Hughes helped to establish minority programming, hiring, and scholarships by the big three media corporations. Outside of her media career, Hughes served her community, working with children at the West Dallas Community Centers, co-owning and operating a store in South Dallas, and serving in groups like the NAACP. She received numerous awards for her career and service.