February 14: Trudy Haynes

Trudy Haynes, a legendary local broadcaster, began her career as a model in advertisements, and was the first African American model for Lucky Strike cigarettes. Haynes started working at Black-owned WCHB, an Inkster, Michigan radio station in 1956 - first as receptionist, then as Women's Editor for a daily 90-minute show. Trudy Haynes stepped away from the radio world and appeared on television for the first time in 1963, as the USA's first African American TV weather reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Haynes left Detroit in 1965 and joined KYW-TV (now CBS-3) in Philadelphia as a news reporter. Haynes also hosted "Trudy's Grapevine" where she reported celebrity gossip. Haynes was the first African American judge of the Miss America contest. Trudy Haynes retired in 1999 from KYW but has remained active in media, appearing on local tv shows and co-hosting Good Day, Good Health! as well as her own online show called the Trudy Haynes Show. Haynes received many awards over her lifetime so far, including an Emmy Award in 1995, two Lifetime Achievement Awards, and honors from the NAACP and United Way. 


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