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A BELOVED young Texas news anchor has tragically passed away at just 27, and a vigil for the reporter was held Monday night.

Shatanya Clarke died in her home on Thursday, two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Clarke joined local Texas outlet KFDX in 21018 as a local reporter before being quickly promoted to news anchor.

According to KFDX, Clarke graduated from Florida A&M University and served as a Zeta Phi Beta sorority member.

Fellow journalist and News Director Adam P Bradshaw said of his lost colleague, “Shatanya was a bigger-than-life spirit.”

A candlelight vigil was held in memory of Clarke at 7pm on Monday, April 18, in downtown Wichita Falls, KFDX reported.

Read our Shantanya Clarke live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Last Instagram post

    Shatanya Clarke’s last Instagram post naturally involved her work.

    She shared a video of snow from a storm in the area and captioned it, “One live shot down… one to go.”

  • Did Shatanya Clarke have an Instagram?

    Shatanya Clarke did have an Instagram account, though she hadn’t updated it in the weeks before her death.

    Her last post was on February 2.

  • Shatanya Clarke’s Twitter account

    Shatanya Clarke tweeted often about local stories and seemed to have a passion for drawing attention to them.

    One of her last tweets read, “Definitely check out Stephanie Humberd’s story! She is truly inspiring! Remarkable indeed. It was an honor to tell her story.”

  • ‘She had a passion for telling stories’

    Fellow KFDX News Director Adam P Bradshaw said of the anchor after her death, “Shatanya was a bigger-than-life spirit.”

    “Her wit and personality could brighten anyone’s day. She had a passion for telling stories in a way that really hit home.”

    “To say our family and this community will miss her is the understatement of the year.”

  • Clarke’s Covid charity spotlighting

    During the pandemic, Shatanya Clarke created a segment — Helping the Helpers — to help local charities raise money to support their efforts against Covid-19.

  • Where did Shatanya Clarke work?

    Clarke joined local Texas outlet KFDX in 21018 as a local reporter before being quickly promoted to news anchor at the station.

  • Shatanya Clarke’s alma mater

    According to KFDX, Clarke graduated from Florida A&M University and served as a Zeta Phi Beta sorority member.

  • Shatanya Clarke shared her journey

    Clarke had been open about her battle with a brain tumor before her death and regularly shared updates on her social media profiles and her YouTube channel called “Shatanya’s Road to Recovery.”

    “The truth is – Bob Marley said it first – you never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice,” Clarke said in her final video titled The Finale.

    “I’ve come to accept that my life turned out exactly as it was designed, or destined to be,” Clarke added.

    “Whether I like it or not, whether I understand the reason or not, I cannot change the things in my past. I can only control my present, and possibly make choices that positively affect my future.”

  • How did Clarke die?

    Shatanya Clarke passed away at her home Thursday morning after “battling an illness,” and “was optimistic about upcoming medical treatments,” Texoma’s Homepage reported.

    She died two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

  • How old was Shatanya Clarke?

    Clarke was just 27 years old when she passed away.

  • When did Shatanya Clarke pass away?

    Shatanya Clarke died in her home on Thursday, April 14.

  • Shatanya’s friend: ‘We miss you so much already’

    Fellow journalist Cortney Wood posted a tribute to her late friend.

    “you work in news and you cover so many tragedies from fires to shootings to murder trials, but they don’t prepare you to cover your friend’s vigil,” she wrote.

    “My friends are hurting, but we’ll be strong for @clarke_shatanya. We miss you so much already.”

  • Tributes pour in for Shatanya Clarke and Wendy Rieger

    Both news anchors tragically died from brain cancer within two days.

  • Another anchor dies after Shatanya

    Longtime NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger died Saturday at a hospice care facility, following a battle with brain cancer.

    The 65-year-old died from glioblastoma, after she underwent surgery last year to remove a tumor from her brain.

    She anchored NBC4 for more than two decades, and retired in December of last year.

  • Shatanya honored by colleages

    Co-anchor Jaron Spor shared during a news segment that KFDX was honoring Shatanya by leaving her seat open with flowers on the desk.

    The team also wore purple in honor of the late news anchor.

    “Her smile and laugh are going to be greatly missed here at KFDX,” Jaron said.

  • Who was Jovita Moore? continued

    Moore went to WSB-TV in 1998 and moved to the main anchor desk in 2012.

    She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

    She also had a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. 

  • Who was Jovita Moore?

    Moore was an Emmy award-winning journalist who has also been recognized by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. 

    She had been with Channel 2 Action News since 1998.

    Before working with WSB-TV, she spent time on the air at WMC-TV in Memphis and KFSM in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

  • Another anchor died of brain cancer

    Atlanta news anchor Jovita Moore died in October 2021 of brain cancer.

    She was initially diagnosed with two brain tumors, and had them both removed.

    However, she was later diagnosed with glioblastoma.

    She was just 54 years old.

  • Shatanya vented about headaches

    The Texas news anchor tweeted multiple times about headaches she had experienced, which would often last several hours.

  • Shatanya tweeted about changing doctors

    The news anchor vented in a February 2022 tweet:

    “I changed doctors in 2021 because the ones before kept things from me, lied to me or weren’t proactive,” she wrote.

    “Fast forward to 2022 and it’s still happening.”

    “Choosing healthcare providers is such a gamble and it’s so sad.”

  • Shatanya’s YouTube channel

    The news anchor had been open about her battle and regularly shared updates on her YouTube channel called “Shatanya’s Road to Recovery.”

    She released a trailer for her story on June 20, 2021.

  • Candlelight vigil set for Monday night

    There is a candlelight vigil planned in memory of KFDX journalist Shatanya Clarke.

    The outlet reported the vigil will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 18, in Park Central on Scott Avenue located in downtown Wichita Falls, and that the community is invited to attend.

    Friends and family planned the vigil “after seeing the outpouring of support from the community in Shatanya’s honor,” KFDX reported.

    Shatanya’s family asks that attendees wear purple, because it was her favorite color.

  • ‘We’re absolutely heartbroken’

    “Praying for all who loved @clarke_shatanya – My goodness. So young,” fellow news anchor Tearsa Smith wrote on Twitter after news of Shatanya Clarke’s passing broke.

    “We’re absolutely heartbroken, Tearsa,” KFDX meteorologist Austin Bowling replied to Smith.

    “This girl was going places. Her comm. involvement was unmatched. Her drive and passion were 2nd to none. And that laugh got me every time.”

    “That’s just all I’ve learned in 25 Sats of freelancing with her. This Sat was to be my last with her,” he added.

  • KFDX’s tribute, continued

    “Shatanya’s last project at KFDX was The Remarkable Woman Campaign. She was a remarkable woman highlighting remarkable women,” the tribute continued

    “Shatanya was 27 when she passed away at her home Thursday morning. She had been battling an illness but was optimistic about upcoming medical treatments.”

    “We want to say thank you to Texoma for all of the condolences, support, and heartfelt stories you have shared with us as we navigate the loss of Shatanya.”

  • KFDX’s tribute

    After Shatanya Clarke’s passing, her station, KFDX, shared a lengthy tribute to the reporter.

    “Shatanya came into the news business to help bring awareness to those who needed it most, non-profit organizations,” the tribute read.

    “Her passion for helping people went beyond her storytelling. Shatanya served on the Child Care Partners board, was a member of the Wichita Falls Junior League and established the annual Soups and Socks event with Photo Journalist Brandon Cooper.”

    “Soups and Socksbrought much-needed items and a warm bowl of soup to members of our community,” it added.

Source: thesun

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