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The First Black Woman To Own A TV Station Clara McLaughlin Was A Member Of Zeta Phi Beta

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Did you know that the first black woman to own a television station was a member of Zeta Phi Beta? Clara McLaughlin was a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Clara McLaughlin was born in Brunswick, GA. She was an author, journalist, publisher, and television station owner. She attended Hampton Institute where she majored in music. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism after founding the National Black Communications Society.

In 1979, Clara launched a television station in Houston on Channel 57 after feeling that women and minorities weren’t getting proper representation in the broadcast industry. She applied for, built, and aired her station. This made Clara the first woman in the U.S. to become the founder of a network-affiliated television station.

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