From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Harris, Lauretta

Harris was the first African American to be hired full-time in Lexington televised news broadcasting, and she was the first African American anchor. She was at Kentucky State University when she was hired by Buzz Riggins, the WKYT News Director [prior to 1975]. Harris later moved on to WAVE and WDRB in Louisville, KY, and then to Nashville, Tennessee. Information for this entry was gathered from Lauretta Harris and Buzz Riggins and forwarded by Ken Kurtz of WKYT (Channel 27).


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“Harris, Lauretta,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 18, 2020,

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