Ruth Ashton Taylor

Newscaster + Headliner + Writer
Born 1921

Ruth Ashton Taylor is a retired American television and radio newscaster, with a career in broadcasting that spanned over 50 years. She was the first female newscaster on television in Los Angeles and the West Coast. She has received many awards and honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1939 18 Years Old A native of Los Angeles, Ruth Ashton graduated in 1939 from Long Beach Polytechnic High School.


1944 23 Years Old She relocated to New York City thereafter, receiving a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1944. … Read More


1951 30 Years Old In 1951, she became the first woman in Los Angeles or on the West Coast on television news when she took a job with LA's KNXT-TV (now KCBS). … Read More
1958 37 Years Old In 1958, she left briefly to work as a public information officer at a college before returning in 1962. … Read More


1983 62 Years Old During her time in broadcasting, Ashton Taylor became a widely known and celebrated figure. In 1983, The Los Angeles Times indicated that she had a reputation as "one of the best newspeople in television".
2007 86 Years Old A 2007 article in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media described her as "one of the most recognizable people on radio and television in Los Angeles" She was given a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. … Read More
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