With Salt Lake City having a Black population of less than three percent, it’s no surprise that the predominantly white city never had an African-American news anchor — until now!
Her name is Nadia Crow — a 27-year-old Chicago resident that set precedent as Salt Lake City’s first black television reporter to ever appear on local news networks. Crow, according to The Salt Lake City Tribune, had her reservations about accepting the gig at the Utah metropolis at first. ”Is there somewhere I can get my hair done? Am I going to be able to go to the grocery store and see somebody that looks like me? What is going to happen if I come there?” Crow asked. “You just don’t think of black people being in Utah. Whether that’s true or not, that was my image and my perception of the state.”
But Crow began to see Salt Lake City as a challenge and accepted the gig at KTVX — even though the station had an alarming layoff and turnover rate. “Chaos creates opportunity,” Crow said. “And knowing that I would be the first African-American anchor was also a challenge that I wanted to take on.”
Upon her move to Salt Lake City, Crow realized that her preconceived notions about the city weren’t all true. “[C]oming here has really opened up my eyes. There is diversity here. And there are growing populations that people outside of Utah don’t realize are here,” she said. In fact, in 2012 the African-American population in Utah grew by 5.2 percent — much rate faster than any other race in the state.
Along with relief that the Utahan city dispelled her misconceptions, she was welcomed with open arms. George Severson, KTVX’s news director, noted that the response to Crow’s new gig has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to TVSpy. “We want to represent everybody. And there are black people living in Utah,” he said.
Because of Crow’s credentials, Severson said that choosing her for the gig as an easy pick: ”I’m so amazed, for someone that young, how advanced her skills are,” he said. “She stands out because she seems so engaged, especially coming to a whole new world.”
Crow, a Norfolk, Va. native who grew up in Chicago, graduated from Syracuse University and has worked for stations in Indiana and Iowa. You can catch her co-anchoring KTVX’s 4 p.m. newscast as well at 9 p.m. for KUCW — a sister station.