20130530-171815.jpgI had the huge honor of meeting Dr. Tererai Trent today.  What?  You’ve never heard of her?  OK, to be honest, before today, I hadn’t either.  Even though she is Oprah Winfrey’s all time favorite guest.  She’s from Zimbabwe.  She wasn’t allowed to go to school.  She became a wife at age 11.  And by 18, she had 3 of her 5 children.  You know what kills me about that?  My daughter, Eva, is 9 1/2. I can’t imagine losing her to a man in just a year and a half.  As tears fill my eyes, let me tell you a bit more about Dr. Trent.  She believes in education.  And it was her determination for an education that set her free from a life of poverty in Africa.  Two weeks ago, she attended her daughter’s college graduation.  For most of us, that’s a given.  For her, it was a dream.  You’ll understand after watching this video by Oprah:




About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.


  1. Kathleen slavin says:

    Dear Wendy
    Especially enjoyed you special about your mom. As a two time breast cancer survivor, I have followed the story about breast density with interest.
    I was 33 years old for first cancer, then 48 for second. Now in early 70s. Dense breast tissue played a role in my hard to read mammograms. But I prevailed.

    Adult daughter also named Wendy has dense breast tissue also. So far no cancer for her as she nears 50.

    Enjoy both you and Kristen, you compliment each other and especially enjoy the fact that you are professional women presenting the news.

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