Black Women in Media Who Inspire Me

Nakia Harmon, Opinions Editor

Lindsay Peoples Wagner made history when she became the youngest editor in chief of a Condé Nast magazine as well as the third African American editor in chief of a Condé Nast publication by becoming the editor in chief of Teen Vogue in 2018. Wagner currently serves as the editor in chief of The Cut. Before she became the editor in chief of Teen Vogue, she participated in an internship at Teen Vogue where she organized hundreds of pairs of Converse sneakers by color and cleaned closets while attending college at Buena Vista University. She moved to New York after graduating from college to work for Teen Vogue in an entry-level job then she became the fashion market editor for The Cut where she published the article “Everywhere and Nowhere What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion” that shed light on the racial bias that is currently taking place in the fashion industry and that incorporated the experiences of more than 150 African American fashion industry professionals. This article drew the attention of Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour who reached out to Peoples Wagner to offer her position at Teen Vogue then the rest was history. The Black In Fashion Council which is an organization that ensures that African Americans in the fashion and beauty industry receive fair treatment within their workplaces was co-founded by her and Sandrine Charles who is the owner of Sandrine Charles Consulting in 2020. She has gone on to receive numerous accolades for her work which includes ASME Next Award, honoree of The Root 100, and honoree of Forbes 2020 30 Under 30: Media.

Linsey Davis has been recently named the new weekend co-anchor of “World News Tonight” on Sundays making her the first Black woman in eighteen years to helm a primetime news show on ABC. Davis is also an anchor for ABC News Live Prime as well as a correspondent who files reports for “Nightline,” “World News Tonight,” “20/20” and “Good Morning America.” Before she began her career in journalism, she attended the University of Virginia where she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and New York University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in communications. Then, she became a reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint Michigan which is an ABC owned station from 2001 to 2003. After, she began reporting on Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans in 2003, the Summer Olympics that was held in 2004 from Athens and the Winter Olympics that was held in 2006 from Torino which all led up to her becoming anchor of the weekend evening newscasts at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. Then, she officially joined ABC News in June 2007 when she became a New York-based correspondent for ABC NewsOne which is ABC’s affiliate news service. Since then, she has gone on to receive two Emmy Awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. When she is not reporting in a newsroom, she is writing children’s books. She has written three children’s books since 2019 which includes
“The World is Awake,” “One Big Heart” and “Stay This Way Forever.”

Nischelle Turner is a four-time Emmy Award winner for serving as a host of “Entertainment Tonight.” Before she began her career in journalism, she attended the University of Kentucky which she then left at the beginning of her junior year to attend the University of Missouri where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and broadcast news. Then, she joined WEHT as a reporter and fill-in anchor in Evansville, Indiana in 1998. After, she became a weekday reporter and weekend anchor for WVUE-TV FOX 8 in New Orleans in 2000 which led to her becoming a reporter on “Good Day LA” and anchor for “Good Day LA Weekend” for KTTV in Los Angeles in 2004. In 2007, she became a sideline reporter for “Fox NFL Sunwhich led her to becoming a host for “Extra on Essence” in 2009. During the years following, she was a freelance reporter and host for KNBC and an entertainment news expert for “The Daily Share,” HLN’s “Michaela,” CNN and “The Dr. Drew Show.” She became a host for “Entertainment Tonight” in 2014.