Shatanya Clarke, a 27-year-old news anchor for the northern Texas TV station KFDX, died last Thursday following a fight with brain cancer.
Her death was confirmed by the news station, where she had worked since 2018.
“Shatanya was a bigger-than-life spirit,” Adam P. Bradshaw, the news director of KFDX, said in a report on his station’s website.
“Her wit and personality could brighten anyone’s day. She had a passion for telling stories in a way that really hit home. To say our family and this community will miss her is the understatement of the year.”
Clarke spoke about her battle with brain cancer in YouTube videos that she shared on her channel, “Shatanya’s Journey.”
She said on the channel that she was diagnosed with a Myxoid Mesenchymal Tumor in September 2020 after experiencing what she believed to be severe migraines.
She began working for KFDX, which is based in Wichita Falls, as a reporter in 2018, and became a weekend anchor for the station last year. Wichita Falls is about 140 miles northwest of Dallas.
Clarke, an alum of Florida A&M University, co-founded the “Soups and Socks” event to raise money for faith mission in Wichita Falls, according to KFDX. The third edition of the annual event took place in January.