Helen T. Gray, trailblazing former journalist and faith editor at The Kansas City Star, dies at 81


Helen T. Gray, a former faith and religion editor at The Kansas City Star whose journalistic career spanned over four decades, died Saturday, Nov. 11, following an illness.

She was 81.

When she was hired in 1965, Gray was The Star’s second Black reporter and its first Black female reporter. In 1971 she was named the religion editor, a position she held until her retirement in early 2013.

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