Keywords: BHM, Black History Month, history
Background/significance: Dakers is executive director of Cultural Programming for South Carolina ETV as well as executive producer for SCETV’s “Outreach” program. Over a 30-year-plus career in broadcasting, she worked as the first African-American on-air news reporter for WIS radio in the 1970s and later was among the first African-American on-air personalities for WIS-TV.
At ETV, she hosted forums with newsmakers to discuss current events, and she produced a number of documentaries, notably “Makin’ a Way Out of No Way: Modjeska Simpkins,” a study of the civil rights leader, and “Strom Thurmond – At the Seat of Power,” about South Carolina’s longest-serving US Senator. Dakers also has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, created “NatureScene,” one of ETV’s most popular series, and is heavily involved in the arts.
Discover more: Visit the SC African-American Honor Roll website at
http://scafricanamerican.com/honorees/view/2006/8/, view a collection of “NatureScene” episodes at http://www.scetv.org/index.php/carolina_stories/show/a_look_back_at_naturescene/, and see a profile of Dakers’ work in the arts at the SC Arts Commission website, http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/statewide/presenters.shtml.