Ruth Ann Harnisch has her roots in Buffalo broadcasting. But she is now a philanthropist who is dedicated to advancing gender and racial diversity.
Ruth Ann tells us The Harnisch Foundation, which she founded with her husband Bill in 1998, has just launched a new website.
“We support the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to advance gender and racial diversity with a focus on women and girls,” Harnish said.
The website includes an introductory video that features Ruth Ann as a twentysomething street reporter and thirtysomething anchor from the 1970s and ’80s at WLAC/WTVF-TV, a CBS affiliate in Nashville.
But Ruth Ann started out in Buffalo as a teen DJ on WYSL-FM in the late 1960s. She was known as “Karin Kelly.” From WYSL, Ruth Ann worked briefly at WGR-TV and WKBW-TV before making her mark in Nashville.
Her media career spanned three decades. Ruth Ann became the first woman to anchor at WTVF in Nashville. She also hosted a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM and spent 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner.
Ruth Ann is a benefactor of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association who made a significant gift several years ago, allowing us to move forward with our film digitization project.
Thank you, Ruth Ann, for your support of the BBA. Please check out her website to learn more about the significant work her foundation is carrying out.