Nadia Crow '08 is first black female news anchor in Utah
By Tara SchoenbornJanuary 31, 2014
While most high-school students experience anxiety at the thought of applying to college, Nadia Crow knew there was only one destination for her: The Newhouse School.
“The moment that they had me hooked was when I walked into the (Newhouse) hall of fame of all the pictures of Newhouse graduates doing cool things,” says Crow, “and I thought to myself, ‘I will be on this wall one day.’ ”
In her new position as anchor at KTVX-Channel 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Crow is well on her way. Since graduating from Newhouse in 2008, Crow has worked at four television stations and is now the first African-American woman to hold an anchor position in Utah. While other African-American women have worked for the station before, Crow is the first permanent, female, black anchor. She will participate in all aspects of the show, from hard news to lighter segments about cooking, she says.
“Nadia really has a spitfire personality,” says Crow’s co-anchor Brian Carlson. “She loves hard news, she loves making her presence known and she can roll with just about any joke I make, which is one of my favorite things about her.”
The two anchors are friends and Crow says she has dinner with his family every weekend.
Crow says she is thrilled with her new position but notes it took a lot of courage for her to move to Utah. After much analysis, countless sleepless nights and positive support from her family, Crow says she believes this is the path she was meant to follow.
“I had a wonderful mother and grandmother to look up to as role models, but not everyone has that,” says Crow, “and so I decided that if I could help at all to be a positive role model to young black and Latina girls, I was going to do it. It is an incredible feeling to know that, today, I am giving back be just being.”
Crow says she did not take the position at Channel 4 because she wanted to make a statement. She took the job because it was the right move for her career, she says, just as she was taught in her classes at Newhouse.
“Newhouse is hard and if you want to get better, you have to work,” says Crow. “I remember going to Newhouse at all hours of the night, even when it was locked and our cards wouldn’t work. We would beg the janitor to let us in just so that we could put together awful résumé tapes.”
When asked what advice she would give to current Newhouse students, Crow says that if they are passionate about something, they should stick with it.
“One of the saddest things for me was to see my fellow classmates give up because they were not earning six figures within a month of graduating. All they had to do was keep working and stick with it for three or four years and then they would be where I am now.”
As for her future, Crow says she doesn’t know where she’ll land, but she wants the “firsts” to end.
“I hope that one day, it will be common and natural for all races to be represented in the media and that we will not have any more people who are recognized because they are the first of their race to hold the position, but instead are recognized because of their talent.”
Watch a clip of Crow's newscast on the 4Utah.com website.
Tara Schoenborn is a junior public relations and political science major.