Earlier this year TODAY unveiled a new outreach project called “Shine a Light,” a yearlong initiative that will emphasize service and giving back to communities in need. TODAY anchor, Tamorn Hall, who is part of the initiative, is focusing her efforts on domestic abuse.
During Monday morning’s segment, viewers observed Hall interviewing a number of women who are domestic abuse survivors. Following the video, the TV anchor became overwhelmed with emotion.
This particular segment is especially near and dear to Hall. The Temple University alumna lost her sister, Renate, due to domestic violence. In 2004 Renate was found murdered facedown in her backyard pool. In 2010 Hall opened up about the gruesome details in which her sister was found.
Hall released a statement on TODAY.com, where she bravely admits the guilt she feels as well as her fears of being seen as an individual who is exploiting the problem. As it pertains to the life of her sister and “Shine a Light” Hall writes:
Soon after declaring my Shine a Light project earlier this year, I opened up about this experience and the life and death of my sister at an event. After sharing, a “reporter” shrugged off Renate’s story, dismissing me as just another person with a painful story. As this reporter’s reaction and the tweet I had received simmered in my mind, a lighter voice drowned it all out. The voice was my father saying that I was doing the right thing. Since that day, I have teamed up with my phenomenal producers and a group of women like no other as we move closer and closer to the light. These survivors are now the faces of my Shine a Light. Their stories are hard to hear but where they are no in their lives is an inspiration with great power — power to even save a life.