It is nothing new for a broadcast journalist to amicably leave one job behind them and seek another position elsewhere. At first, that was what Tamron Hall appeared to be doing when she announced she was leaving NBC and her post on the Today show. But after that news emerged, rumors began to circulate. Had the host actually chosen to leave, or had she been backed into a corner and forced to jump? The story developed into a debate which rapidly grew wider, involving many of the cultural issues that currently confront America.
The now 47-year-old Hall always wanted to be a journalist. “I was a nosy kid. I was journaling and interviewing neighbors when I was like four and five,” the Texan told People magazine in March 2016. But there were few black news anchors on TV in those days, when she was growing up in the small town of Lulling, TX. Consequently, Hall didn’t think she was in with a chance of such a career. Until, that is, she saw another African-American woman reading the headlines.