Rochester’s Roots: Janet Lomax

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Janet Lomax discovered a love for journalism in the 11th grade.

She landed her first job just weeks after she graduated from college. She moved to Rochester in 1980, and in 1982, Lomax 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 retired from WHEC after nearly four decades. She’ll forever be a part of our Rochester’s Roots.