The Star’s longtime religion editor, Helen Gray, has called it quits. She sat down with Edward Eveld to look back at her nearly 50 years with the paper.
A few highlights:
- She was The Star’s second African-American reporter, and the first black woman. Lacy Banks was the first black reporter at The Star.
- She once interviewed Martin Luther King – a walk-and-talk at KCI.
- She experience prejudice when she first started – both as a woman and an African-American:
And there were people still prejudiced against blacks. I had two strikes against me from the beginning. I needed to prove that I could do what other reporters could do. I started as a general assignment reporter, part of the regular news staff.
Gray is returning to her native New Jersey to care for her ailing mother. Cheers, Helen!