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Tamron Hall: Making black history

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PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Every morning, you can watch Tamron Hall deliver the top headlines, pop culture news and interview politicians.

But while she is covering current events, she is making history.
"It is not lost on me where I am in life," Hall said.
Two years ago to the day, Hall made history and was introduced as the first black woman to co-anchor the Today Show.
"I get emotional when I think about it, because it is not lost on me for a second," Hall said.
She said as a child, she was inspired by another TV pioneer, the first African-American news anchor for a Dallas television station, Iola Johnson.
"There was this, you know, woman who looked like me, who sounded like me, who looked as if she could live next door to my family and she was in this position of authority," Hall said.
Hall said Johnson emanated credibility and trust.

These were ethics she could not define as a child, but could identify in her family, particularly her grandfather.

A man, who she said, had a second grade education, but taught her tenacity and so much more.
"He probably thought maybe I'd be a nurse and raise my kids and have a good life, but to be the first African-American woman on the Today Show as a host...I think, you know, and I hope and I know, I should say, that he's smiling," Hall said.
Her great success came with her biggest struggle. She said her father passed away just as she started at the Today Show.
"There was nothing as difficult as losing my father and that wasn't anything that we saw coming," Hall said.
Hall confided she and her mother will continue to mourn him, but since his passing, she tries not to focus on the difficult parts of life.
"Because there are always hard parts," Hall said.
She added some of those tough times are doubts from others.
"There were times that people didn't believe in me, and there are times that they still don't believe in me. There are people who said I'm great. There are others who question whether or not I should even be on TV," Hall said.
She discussed the ups and downs of delivering stories in politics, the crisis in Flint, Michigan, and sensitive topics, like the Oscars.
"But are there still pockets, are there still pot holes on this road that we hope one day will be smooth, absolutely there are," Hall said.
But she said it is worth it to bear those responsibilities in front of the camera and behind it, as long as she remains trustworthy.
"And as long as I am able to work hard and represent my people and represent women, represent journalists in a credible way as Iola Johnson did so many years ago, then I am OK. I am OK with the good and the bad that comes along," Hall said.

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