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Halifax Community College will host a local broadcast news journalist for a virtual presentation as part of its 2022 Cultural Learning and Universal Enrichment Series to recognize Black History Month. 

HCC’s Presidential Lecture Series strives to provide the Roanoke Valley community with a new perspective — one that will change how we see the past, present, and shape how the future is directed.

HCC will welcome former TV news reporter Shauna Singletary Williams onThursday. 


A current resident of Warren County, Singletary will share how her education and community influenced her trailblazing, storied career as a reporter, news anchor and producer. 

The event’s live stream on the college’s website will begin at 10 a.m.

Williams broke into news for WTVD-11 in Durham as a general assignment reporter, where she produced and wrote a five-part series on the nursing shortage in America, among other works. She was later promoted to the weekend weather anchor and then to noon news anchor.

She moved to NBC News where she originated, researched, coordinated, wrote, and produced stories for the daily network and cable broadcasts. 

While there, she served as managing producer for major news stories — plane crashes, floods, and other disasters. She led as many as 15, two-person videotape crews, five satellite trucks, producers, and correspondents.

Additionally, Williams provided live on-camera reporting for MSNBC. 

She also served as acting bureau chief and transmission pool producer for networks covering the president of the United States. 

Williams had different jobs for the Today Show, Nightly News, and Dateline. Williams worked as a freelance producer and booker for many years after leaving New York and moving to North Carolina.

“Students will benefit from hearing Williams share her multifaceted experiences in journalism,” said Kim Mack, special assistant to the president for governmental, community, and college affairs at HCC. “Her North Carolina roots from her father who was born here are paramount to her success as a journalist, and she shows that such a career is possible.”