WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The year was 1972.
Gas was 55 cents a gallon. Nixon would be the first president to go to China. And the Watergate break-in was the lead story on the nightly news.
It was also the year JC Hayward came to Washington. She was a fresh faced 20-something reporter from Atlanta when she landed a coveted position here in Washington at the "One and Only TV 9."
It would mark the beginning of a long and distinguished career for the young budding journalist.
A pioneer, JC Hayward was the first woman to anchor the news in Washington. Her reporting won her countless civic and professional awards among them the local Emmy's prestigious Board of Governors and Ted Yates awards.
She has remained a constant in an industry where change is constant. A dedicated, committed and reliable source for generations of residents across the region.
But her commitment to the community goes far beyond delivering the news five days a week.
The Summer Opera Theater, Catholic University, Montgomery County's Hospice Caring, The United Black Fund, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, name the the cause and JC is there to help.
Her generosity knows no bounds. She has given more than half a million dollars in scholarships to students and educational institutions. In 2001, she presented her alma mater Howard University with a million dollar trust fund.
On the lighter side, she has a great sense of humor and an appreciates a good joke, even it's about her.
It has been quite a journey for the little girl from East Orange, New Jersey. For almost four decades after he arrival at Channel 9, JC is one of Washington's best known news talents and a treasured friend to more people than you can count.
JC received yet another prestigious recognition Thursday night when she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
The NABJ presented JC with the Ida B. Wells Award for her contributions to the broadcast industry.
Other honorees include the late CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley and Washington Post columnist and associate editor, Eugene Robinson.
The ceremony was held at the Newseum in downtown DC. All of the proceeds from the gala will benefit NABJ fellowship programs.