Sunny Nash, journalist and author of Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s, about life with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, Nash's book is based on her column of 16 years with the Hearst newspaper,The Houston Chronicle, and the Knight-Ridder newspaper, The Eagle. Nash's book is internationally recognized by the Association of American University Presses as a Book for Understanding U.S. Race Relations; and recommended by the Miami-Dade Library System for Native American Collections.
Beginning her career in the Central Texas newsroom of Country Radio Station, WTAW-AM, in Bryan, Texas. where she became the first black journalism graduate. was the first African American in that region to be a mainstream broadcast news reporter. At the time, Nash was a journalism student at Texas A&M University in College Station, where she became the first black journalism graduate.
Bill Watkins, owner of WTAW heard her voice on a commercial and decided he wanted that voice on his morning news. He called and asked for a meeting about a position in his award-winning newsroom. Nash was skeptical but went for the meeting and the rest is history.
From WTAW Country, Nash went from country to classical. She signed on with the new NPR (National Public Radio) affiliate KAMU-FM as the station’s first Program Director, where she was a regular contributor to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. At the NPR affiliate, she created classical music programs still in syndication.
At KAMU-FM, Nash was a broadcast instructor, and was asked to train students at KAMU-TV to broadcast the weather and substituted in the position of weather forecaster. She emphasized the importance of weather preparedness and has now developed an energy preparedness program using portable solar technology.
Although Sunny Nash began her career in writing and communications in the New York Record Business, she never forgets her the formal roots she grew in journalism after her professional music career became less attractive to her. Now part of the digital music scene, she adds original songs and songs from her vintage catalogue to her collection regularly.
The first African American to earn a journalism degree from Texas A&M University, Sunny Nash
Sunny Nash was a journalist for many years earning credits for newspaper, magazine and book contributions over decades. Nash wrote Mother Amadeus and Stagecoach Mary, a research article in True West Magazine, 1996, a cited source by many other researchers.
Nash currently uses all of her skills to help individuals and groups to preserve their cultural heritage and artifacts, and to digitize archives for online galleries and research. She is completing several projects, including books, articles, oral histories, documentary films and digital heritage preservation projects. Nash is a member of the Ethical Journalism Network, the United States Press Agency, the World Heritage Center, and the International Society of Educational Technology.