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Black Journalists

  1. 1. The Growth Of Black Journalists
  2. 2. Early Milestones in Black Journalism <ul><li>The NAACP publishes the Crisis magazine and W.E.B. DuBois is editor until 1934. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1962, The first Black news reporter on an American network television station, Mal Goode of ABC-TV, covers Cuban missile crisis. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1966, The first Black news woman assigned to cover the Vietnam War is Ethel Payne, a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Defender. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1975, The National Association of Black Journalists is formed. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The first black reporter at Newsday and later, at The New York Times. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first black journalists to work as a foreign correspondent for a major daily newspaper. </li></ul><ul><li>He was a founding member of Black Perspective, an early organization of black reporters in New York, and a member of Black Enterprise magazine's founding board of advisers. </li></ul><ul><li>Taught a journalism course at New York University from 1969 to 1972. </li></ul><ul><li>He won several awards for his coverage of black servicemen in Vietnam and Europe. </li></ul>Thomas A. Johnson
  4. 4. Earl Caldwell <ul><li>Caldwell was a journalist who documented the Black Panthers from the inside in the 1970s, and became embroiled in a key Supreme Court decision clarifying reporters' rights. </li></ul><ul><li>He has worked for The New York Times, </li></ul><ul><li>NY Daily News and is currently on the radio in </li></ul><ul><li>New York. </li></ul><ul><li>He was the lone reporter to witness the </li></ul><ul><li>assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>in Memphis in April 1968. </li></ul><ul><li>In New York City, Caldwell broke a barrier in </li></ul><ul><li>1979 in becoming the first black journalist to write </li></ul><ul><li>a regular column in a major daily newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Daily News . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Max Robinson May 1 st 1939- December 20 th , 1988 <ul><li>He was the first African-American to become a broadcast network news anchor in the United States and one of the first television journalists to die of AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>He was a founder of the NABJ </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, Robinson became more famous for potentially being gay or bisexual. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ed Bradley June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006 <ul><li>Was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House </li></ul><ul><li>He has won 19 Emmys and was considered one of the most prominent African-Americans journalists in the field </li></ul><ul><li>He was the first male correspondent to regularly wear an earring on the air. </li></ul><ul><li>One of his last stories was a 60 Minutes piece about the Duke rape lacrosse story, a story in which he won a George Foster Peabody award. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Born September 29, 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg Gumbel. </li></ul><ul><li>Gumbel began his television career in October 1972, when he was made a sportscaster for KNBC-TV out of Los Angeles. </li></ul><ul><li>Gumbel was hired by NBC Sports in the fall of 1975 as co-host of its National Football League. </li></ul><ul><li>After leaving the Today Show and Dateline NBC in 1997, Gumbel moved to CBS, where he hosted various shows before becoming co-host of the network's morning show The Early Show on November 1, 1999. </li></ul>Bryant Gumbel
  8. 8. <ul><li>October 21 st , 1960 </li></ul><ul><li>He was illiterate until the age of 12 </li></ul><ul><li>He’s a contributor to 60 Minutes and chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on CBS News. </li></ul><ul><li>He covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982. </li></ul><ul><li>Pitts is an Emmy award winner as well a NABJ award winner. </li></ul>Byron Pitts
  9. 9. Soledad O’ Brien <ul><li>O’Brien is currently a CNN correspondent </li></ul><ul><li>O’Brien got her first big break with NBC, then she went to MSNBC before making the jump to CNN </li></ul><ul><li>O’ Brien most well-known work was with the Black and Latino in America series </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>September 19, 1966
  10. 10. Mike Tirico <ul><li>Born December 13, 1966 in Queens, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Tirico graduated from Syracuse, NY. </li></ul><ul><li>Tirico hosted his first show from WAER radio in Syracuse, NY. </li></ul><ul><li>Tirico joined ESPN in 1991 as a SportsCenter anchor, after 4 years as Sports Director at CBS affiliate WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Stuart Scott <ul><li>Born July 19, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. </li></ul><ul><li>He was hit in the eye by a football thrown from a football throwing machine. </li></ul><ul><li>He joined ESPN2 in 1993 as the host of SportsNight. </li></ul><ul><li>He is known for his witty catch phrases and jokes on air. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. James Brown   February 25, 1951 <ul><li>Brown graduated from Harvard with a degree in American Government. </li></ul><ul><li>Brown went into sports broadcasting in 1984 when he was offered a job doing Washington Bullets TV games and then went on to work at CBS. </li></ul><ul><li>Brown left CBS to join FOX’s NFL Pregame show in 1994. He was there until 2005 when he left to rejoin CBS and their NFL coverage on the NFL Today </li></ul>
  13. 13. Gus Johnson August 10, 1967 <ul><li>He is employed by CBS Sports, Showtime, MSG Network, the Big Ten Network, and the Detroit Lions TV Network. He is perhaps best known for his play-by-play coverage of March Madness. </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up in Detroit, Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Considered the hardest working current African-American journalist today. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Stephen A. Smith October 14, 1967 <ul><li>From Hollis, Queens in New York City. </li></ul><ul><li>He attended Winston-Salem State University, an historically black university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1993, Smith was a sportswriter for the Daily News in New York City. In 1994, Smith has had a position as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. </li></ul><ul><li>Smith has worked for ESPN, MSNBC and ESPN Radio. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Oprah WInfrey January 29, 1954 <ul><li>Working in local media, she was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WLAC-TV. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago . Within months, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking Donahue as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally beginning September 8, 1986. </li></ul><ul><li>Winfrey is after this season, her 25 th on the air: </li></ul>