My 2 Cents: Remembering Television Pioneer Pam Henry
Oklahoma City lost a television pioneer earlier today, and a lot of us lost a friend.
I considered Pam Henry a mentor too. She lived a remarkable life, despite being stricken with polio when she was just 14-months-old.
Pam was the last poster child for the March of Dimes, but during that time she met the legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow and a giant of broadcasting Walter Cronkite, and her interest in television news was sparked.
She graduated from OU and went to work in Oklahoma City radio. In 1972 she heard about a job opening for a reporter at Channel 4.
Pam Henry became Oklahoma's first female television news reporter. And despite being on crutches and wearing leg braces, she went everywhere, covered everything the other reporters did, all the while lugging her own camera equipment and shooting her own stories.
16 years later, that young reporter my dad hired, hired me to my first television reporting job at the OETA.
And over the last 30 years she stayed in touch sending me encouraging notes and story ideas.
A friend and a pioneer gone too soon, but a life well lived.
I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.