Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Sara Lowrey: Houston TV news trailblazer

Sara Lowrey of KPRC 2, Houston's first female primetime news anchor, was featured in a nice profile by Dominique Sachse (video above).

Judy Jordan, the first female television news anchor of a major US city, started with KDFW 4 Dallas in 1966

Throughout March, KPRC 2 said in a press release it's celebrating the historic accomplishments of groundbreaking women and the current generation changing the face of our communities and country.

“Every day KPRC 2 celebrates Houston’s diverse communities through our storytelling,” said KPRC 2 Vice President/General Manager Jerry Martin. “We will continue our efforts by recognizing the wealth of history-making women who have come before us, and many currently walking amongst us.”

One of the stories in the station's “Voices of Houston” series is on the groundbreaking Lowrey who reported and anchored "Big 2 News at 6" with Larry Rasco starting in 1974 after moving to Houston.

Lowrey told Sachse, she received a warm reception, but did not get as many stories to read on air at first.  

“I always felt like we had to put our best foot forward,” Lowrey told Sachse. “We had to look nice. We had to talk nice. We had to be nice, so that we wouldn’t screw it up for the people that would come behind us.”

If you Google Lowrey's name, a report from the "Houston Breakthrough" newspaper's 1977 report on women in Houston television and radio. This coverage will give you and idea of what things were like at the end of that decade.  Familiar names interviewed include Jan Carson, Elma Barrera and Deborah Wrigley of abc13 KTRK along with Jackie McCauley of 101 KLOL.

As for Lowrey, she was at channel 2 for most of her television news career which spanned nearly a decade.  The University of Texas grad went on to start Lowrey Communications.  

She also serves as the Director at Institute for the Humanities at Salado.

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