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Women Of The West: Ayra Hackett

Arizona has a long history of women leaders and history makers, but many of their stories aren't as well known as they should be. Over the past few years, we've introduced you to Arizona women who made their mark on the state.

And this year for Women's History Month, The Show is introducing you to five more Women of the West — Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state's history.

In 1929, Ayra Hackett founded the Arizona Gleam, a newspaper primarily serving Phoenix's Black population. She was the only Black newspaper owner in the state at the time.

Joining The Show, KJZZ's Katherine Davis-Young spoke with Sativa Peterson, news content program manager at the State of Arizona Research Library, for more about Hackett.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.