Rochester's Roots: Honoring Janet Lomax

February 04, 2019 10:22 AM

News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area. 

Born in Louisville, Ky., Janet Lomax discovered a love for journalism in 11th grade. She landed her first job just weeks after she graduated from college.

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Lomax moved to Rochester in 1980, and just two years later, she became the first African-American to anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

While juggling that role, she mentored local journalism students and founded the Rochester Association of Black Communicators.

Lomax landed numerous one-on-one interviews with prominent figures like Michelle Obama. 

She retired from WHEC-TV after nearly four decades.


Kaci Jones

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