Trudy Haynes – Philadelphia’s First Black TV Reporter – Passes Away At Age 95

The first black television reporter in Philadelphia, Trudy Haynes, passed away at age 95.

CBS Local Philadelphia paid tribute to the legendary reporter saying, “The CBS3 family has lost one of our own. Former Eyewitness News reporter Trudy Haynes has died. She was 95 years old. She was beloved by all of us. Trudy was a trailblazer in the journalism industry and a longtime fixture at CBS3, where she worked for more than 30 years.”

When Haynes became Philadelphia’s first Black TV reporter, she changed the face of the news industry. Now, we honor her life and all she meant to us, as well as the legacy she has left behind.

Haynes was the epitome of style and grace, as well as an Eyewitness News icon. She was sweet, humble, and humorous, yet she was known for being a fireball.

When asked when she realized she was an example for so many women behind her she told Burrell, “When I found out they wanted my job, and a lot of women wanted my job.”

Haynes rose to prominence rapidly, interviewing figures such as Martin Luther King, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Muhammad Ali. Despite the bigotry and discrimination, she endured as a Black woman in the industry, she built a name for herself.

“It was scarce, I was scarce. I was scarce at that time,” Haynes said. “It was challenging, but it was a pleasant challenge.”

She was always quick with words of wisdom such as, “You can, and maybe you don’t do the best maybe you’re not first, but you can do it. That’s the thing you have to have in your heart,” Haynes said.

“For those who knew her and loved her, it is her spirit that we’ll miss most,” her former network said of her. “Trudy Haynes, a pioneer, an inspiration, and our friend.”