How journalist Daphne Taylor is making history

According to a survey by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, in 2020 African Americans made up 13% of the overall local television news workforce.

An accomplished woman and journalist is paving the way for more young black women to enter the industry she loves. Journalist Linnie Supall shares her story.

“In 43 years, I think I’ve done it all,” says Daphne Taylor, reminiscing.

“Interviewing Oprah, covering Kamala Harris, I’ve covered President Obama four times.”

She celebrates more than four decades as an accomplished journalist and her relentless fight to succeed.

“It wasn’t easy because I never made a lot of money, but I always loved what I was doing,” Taylor explains.

From television to print and radio, Daphne Taylor’s passion for journalism is multifaceted – so much so that she has paved the way for others.

“I came back to Riviera Beach and started teaching broadcast journalism to at-risk teenage girls,” says Taylor.

In 1998, Taylor launched a mentorship program introducing teenage girls to the world of broadcasting.

“We called ourselves WGRL, where the girls come first.”

For nearly 10 years, WGRL has garnered attention in South Florida, traveling to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, to meet the city’s latest stars and prominent leaders.

“From Martin Luther King III, to Rosie O’Donnell, Alicia Keys (…) A former student of mine recently told me that she would not be where she is today, without me”, recalls Taylor.

“When you see you’ve made a difference, it makes a difference,” she adds.

Taylor still makes headlines, acutely aware of the racial barriers that still exist.

“Getting rid of racial injustice will take even longer, but we can get through this and we will get there,” Taylor said.

“We all have a responsibility to do our best to make this world a better place. Never give up on your dream. It’s never too late. Never too late.”

This story was first reported by Linnie Supall and Natalie Allen to Newsy.