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Former Kansas City Reporter Hopes Her Story Helps Expose Racial Bias In TV Newsrooms

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Lisa Benson was a reporter with KSHB-TV for 14 years before being fired in 2018.

A court ruled last year that Lisa Benson was retaliated against by her former employer, but stopped short of saying she was discriminated against because of her race. Benson hopes the ordeal has forced the 41 Action News team "to confront their racial bias."

The experienced Black journalist says the hardest part of her ordeal was knowing coworkers who complimented her work in private "would never, ever support me in the daylight."

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Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.