Sharon Raiford Bush’s First Heavy-Duty Media Credential

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This is Sharon Raiford Bush’s (nee, Crews) first White House-issued media credential, which allowed her to work directly with President Jimmy Carter. Bush was a television journalist and weather anchor at the time, employed by WGHP-TV in High Point, NC, an ABC affiliate.

Bush got her start in broadcast news on September 29, 1975, when WGPR-TV in Detroit, MI, became the first black-owned-and-operated television station in the nation. In effect, Bush became the nation’s first black female weather anchor of prime-time news. 

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Channel 62

Channel 62 signed on as WGPR-TV in 1975

Channel 62 signed on as WGPR-TV in 1975

Rare photos of the nation’s first African American television news anchor team have been archived by the following institutions:

Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan; North Carolina Historical Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina; California African American Museum, Los Angeles.  The images were restored by CBS Corporation.  Atty. Mark E. Kalmansohn of Century City, California, assisted in all arrangements.

The inaugural news team consisted of Amyre Porter, Doug Morison and Sharon Crews [nee, Raiford Bush].  Channel 62 will switch to Digital 44 on June 12, 2009.  Channel 62 will be preserved as a virtual display.