Shadow Politics, 11/04/2021
Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez and guest Karen Gray Houston
Our guest is Karen Gray Houston, Journalist, Author of 'DAUGHTER OF THE BOYCOTT: Carrying On A Montgomery Family’s Civil Rights Legacy' - she tells her story! Karen had a front row seat to the civil rights movement in the south. Her father and uncle played a significant role in the movement, along with people such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Maria and I are anxious to discuss with Ms. Gray Houston her experiences, her fascinating new book and what lessons we can learn from the civil rights movement in our struggle for statehood.
Karen Gray Houston is an award-winning journalist, whose career in broadcast news has spanned 41 years at radio and television stations and networks in Boston, New York City and Washington, DC. She retired from WTTG-TV, Fox-5 in Washington, DC, in May of 2014 after nearly 20 years as a local news reporter. Karen worked as a radio and TV correspondent for NBC News covering the Reagan White House, was a reporter/anchor for WTOP News-radio in DC and WHDH-AM in Boston and anchored on the ABC Radio Network. Karen was a writer/associate producer at WCBS-TV in New York and a reporter/writer/editor with United Press International in Boston. Karen is a multiple Emmy nominee.
Over the years she was a frequent guest journalist on various public affairs interview programs on WRC-TV, WETA-TV, WHUT-TV, WAMU Radio and C-SPAN. Karen graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Journalism and cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Since retiring, Karen has penned the memoir, Daughter of the Boycott and spent a year contributing to an opinion page column (Alabama Voices) in the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper.
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