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Monday, July 06, 2020

Pioneering Texas TV anchor Judy Jordan dies (KDFW, KLTV, KYTX)

Judy Jordan (Greene), 79, who was the first female television news anchor of a major US city, died last week after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

According to her obituary, she started with KDFW 4 Dallas in 1966.

More from Jordan's obit:

In 1966, the LA Times Mirror designated her as the “First Lady of Broadcasting.” On January 22, 1973, Judy became the first woman to anchor a daily, major television newscast in Dallas-Fort Worth when she was assigned to the newly created 5 p.m. Eyewitness News on KDFW Channel 4.

She was promoted, along with co-host Ray Walker, to KDFW’s 6 and 10 p.m. editions of Eyewitness News on July 30, 1973. Judy was an anchor at KDFW from 1966 to 1980. She also delivered the news on radio station KVIL during the 1980s. READ THE REST

Jordan interviewed such figures as Cary Grant, Lady Bird Johnson, Johnny Mathis, Willie Nelson, Roger Staubach and John Wayne.

The award winning journalist was also the first local TV anchor to take maternity leave according to her obituary when daughter Jordan “Jordy” Greene Roberts was born.

According to Uncle Barky, Jordan left KDFW in 1980.

In 1984, Jordan went to work for KLTV 7 Tyler where she was the weeknight anchor for “East Texas News.”

She eventually moved to CBS19 KYTX Tyler from 2005 to 2007 according to Uncle Barky.

In her final years, Jordan lived in Spring, TX.

Services are pending, but you can leave your memories here.

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