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.