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13 February Program: Diversity in Local TV with Adrian Woodfork
 



VBL will explore diversity in broadcasting at the February 13 meeting by featuring one of our own—Adrian Woodfork, the first Black newscaster on KCRA-3 and quite possibly the first in the entire market.

After graduating from Sac State, Adrian landed an entry level job at KCRA in 1970, and quickly rose to become a photographer, editor and reporter. Co-worker and long-time friend Joyce Mitchell recalls, “As one of the few, if not the only, working Black man in the Sacramento television market at the time, Adrian opened doors – and it was far from easy. Still, Adrian was determined to diversify the industry himself while also helping other people struggling to get in the door.”

Interviewed by KCRA during Black History Month in 2023, Adrian said, “In the beginning, it was bittersweet. Because being the first I was met with some — harassment, let’s say. I went to the owner of the station and I said, ‘Look, I don’t know if I can do this,’ and he said, ‘Adrian, I tell you what, I can’t baby-sit, but I can let you know one thing: I will have your back.’”

 

Adrian has been credited with creating, producing and hosting the longest running public affairs program in the Sacramento television market – “To Be Somebody (TBS) – A Black Magazine Show.” TBS garnered awards, recognition and educated viewers about the plight of African Americans, the trials, tribulations, challenges, and successes. TBS remained on the air for nearly two decades

. After leaving KCRA in 1988, Adrian went on to freelance as a commercial actor and print model. He also worked as a field producer for “America’s Most Wanted,” “Inside Edition” and “Current Affairs.” He later worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. In 2021, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Northern California chapter of NATAS, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

Now retired, Adrian is pursuing his passion for breeding show dogs and is a highly respected and sought-after dog show judge. Once again, he’s a pioneer as one of the few Black judges in the elite world of show dogs.

--Copy by Joyce Krieg  
last edited 6 Feb 2024