Hello, I'm Tashara!
Meet our 2023 Girl Power Emcee, Tashara Parker. Tashara is a hard working woman committed to serving her community and standing up for what is right. Read more about her below.
Tashara Parker and Her Powerful Presence
When you think of a dynamic woman leading LOUD and disrupting the status quo, Emmy-Award Winning Journalist, Tashara Parker is certainly someone who should come to mind. Recently featured as Dallas’ best TV News Anchor 2022 by D Magazine and Dallas’ Best Journalist 2020 by Dallas Weekly, every morning Tashara graces the screen purely as her authentic self.
She is a journalist at ABC News in Dallas, Texas. Featured as one of the station’s preeminent voices, the anchor brings experience, vibrancy and authenticity -- capturing the attention of viewers in an engaging and informative way, all the while creating loyalty and social impact.
Coined as a "community-focused storyteller", Tashara is the go-to source for highlighting organizations and individuals who have historically been underrepresented and misrepresented in mainstream media. As a dedicated visionary and one of Texas’ most influential voices, Tashara utilizes her platform to volunteer hundreds of hours to many organizations, including her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
In October 2020, Tashara sparked a global conversation following backlash for a natural bun hairstyle she wore on-air. Praised by viewers, her response achieved virality, igniting a national discussion surrounding natural hair discrimination, and evolving organically with the launch of her non-profit LOUD Women Lead and the “Bun Ministry” movement -- a rapidly budding space to celebrate, educate and empower individuals on the journey and love for all things natural hair.
In the spirit of innovation, her acclaimed original series “Rooted” for the ABC network affiliate WFAA, was met with rave reviews for tenaciously tackling the taboo topic of Black hair and professionalism within the workplace. She continued the conversation by testifying at the State Capital of Texas in front of the State Affairs Committee in support of the Crown ACT Texas. In amplifying this message, Tashara was quickly catapulted as one of the many universal thought leaders tapped for commentary and dialogue on the ever-evolving subject.
Historically recognized as the first Black woman to anchor CBS affiliate KYTX’s primetime evening newscasts, the then Tyler, Texas anchor was commended for her coverage of the 2017 Van Zandt County and 2019 Alto tornadoes, in addition to two high-profile executions, of which she wrote and executive produced the majority of the content.
With a dedicated following both on and off the air, the journalist is described by viewers as "someone who truly cares about people and this community.” With this powerful mantra lighting her path, Tashara continues to carve her slate within the industry as not only a journalist, but also as a social innovator -- bringing both DFW and the best in community storytelling to the forefront.