MN Daily Salute: African American Female Journalists
As African Americans, it’s important that we receive news from people who look like us, and the Black women listed here not only share our experience in America but give it to us straight, no chaser. From their own personal triumphs, to their reputable knack for reporting, and even the creation of million dollar empires, the African American broadcast journalists here not only provide information we can trust, but have set career blueprints that those who come after them can follow with utmost certainty that they too can be successful at all costs. Check out the African American female journalists we salute.
Robin Roberts is one of the most beloved women in broadcast today, both for her journalistic integrity and her fighting spirit. Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and worked her way up to co-anchor of Good Morning America (GMA) in 2005. After George Stephanopoulos joined Roberts as Co-anchor of GMA in 2009, the duo led Good Morning America to the top spot to become the Number 1 Morning Show once again — beating the Today show for the first time in 16 Years.
During her time at GMA, Roberts battled breast cancer in 2007, and in 2012 she underwent a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Supporters have championed for Roberts’ return to health throughout her entire diagnoses, and thanks to successful procedures she will have a swift return to GMA on February 20.
Jacque Reid has been a strong force in broadcast since she graduated from Clark Atlanta University and went on to earn her Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern. Reid’s official career began at affiliate stations in Brunswick, GA, Lexington, KY, and Houston, TX, before she went on to anchor the morning news at CNN Headline News.
From 2001-2005, Reid was the lead news anchor of BET Nightly News and she is currently one of the co-hosts of the NBC New York affiliate show, New York Live.
Soledad O’Brien is an Emmy award-winning journalist most known for her work on CNN and the creation and execution of the network’s Black in America series, which debuted in 2008. After working as a producer and news writer at several local affiliate stations, O’Brien landed a spot as an anchor of MSNBC’s weekend morning show in 1996. In 1999, she co-anchored Weekend Today and also contributed to reports for hte weekday Today Show and weekend editions of NBC Nightly News.
In 2003, O’Brien moved to CNN to host American Morning and remained on the show until 2007, at which point she began producing the Black in America series which has run for five seasons. Last year, O’Brien became host of CNN’s morning news program Starting Point which premiered on January 2, 2012. With the show now canceled, everyone is anxiously awaiting her next move.
Tamron Hall is a national correspondent for NBC’s Today and host of the MSNBC program, NewsNation with Tamron Hall. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University, Hall took her talents back home to Texas as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. From 1997 to 2007, she worked for WFLD-TV in Chicago, where she frequently reported on issues related to Chicago politics, and soon after she was picked up by MSNBC as a general reporter.
Often being called on as a fill-in anchor, Hall achieved notoriety as a substitute for Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She then joined David Shuster in 2009 as co-host of the new two-hour program, The Big Picture. When that show ended in 2009, Hall was given her own show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, a year later.
Once only known as professor Harris-Perry, the professor of political science at Tulane University became a member of the broadcast journalism world after several television appearances and subbing in as a guest host for The Rachel Maddow Show.
Harris-Perry’s career in academia began with a bachelor of arts in English from Wake Forest University in 1994, which she followed up with a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1999. Harris-Perry was also a Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary of New York City, an effort she undertook in orer to better understand the role the black church plays in political movements. From 2006 to 2010, Harris-Perry was associate professor of politics and african american studies at Princeton University, and left to teach at Tulane after being denied a full professorship there.
With social and political commentaries published in several reputable publications from The Chicago Tribune to The Los Angeles Times and Crain’s Chicago Business, as well as several stints on NBC and MSNBC, it was announced on January 5, 2012 that Harris-Perry would host her own weekend show, Melissa Harris-Perry, which began airing on February 18, 2012.
Suzanne Malveaux is an American television news reporter and former White House correspondent. Malveaux graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Art’s in sociology and was a classmate of Soledad O’Brien’s while there. Like O’Brien, Malveaux went on to join the CNN network, becoming a White House correspondent in their Washington, DC, bureau in 2002. Malveaux played a key role in CNN’s 2004 election coverage and its Emmy-winning 2006 election coverage, and also covered the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.
As a White House correspondent, Malveaux has interviewed George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and followed their presidential trips overseas from Europe, to the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since Obama’s election, Maleaux has served as the primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Goldie Taylor is an award-winning journalist, cable news contributor, and managing editor of The Goldie Taylor Project, an online blog devoted to political and social issues. Taylor, who is a staunch independent, has worked as journalist and political consultant for nearly 25 years, and during that time, she has contributed regularly to MSNBC, CNN, and HLN, and now serves as editor-at-large for The Grio.
Taylor’s career began in Atlanta when she was a student at Emory University. During that time she began writing for the Emory Wheel as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a part-time staff writer. Taylor has also penned pieces for a number of outlets like Creative Loafing, Marie Claire, TheGrio, CNN.com, Americablog, MSNBC.com, and EbonyJet.com. Her 2008 op-ed column, “A Woman’s Worth,” on former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin remains the most visited webpage in Ebony’s history.
Outside of the broadcast world, Taylor spends her time managing Goldie Taylor OmniMedia LLC and Goldie Taylor Brand Communications, a multicultural advertising agency.
Mara Schiavocampo is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and jack of all trades. As a Correspondent for NBC News, Schiavocampo files reports for all platforms, including Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and MSNBC.com. She is also considered pioneer of new media journalism, being the first reporter of her kind in network television who travels the world producing, shooting, reporting and editing video pieces, as well as blogging and shooting still photos.
Marie Claire dubbed the up-and-coming reporter “the next Diane Sawyer,” and in the last five years, Schiavocampo has covered every major news story in America from the Occupy Wall Street protests, to the Gulf oil spill, and the 2008 Presidential election. She has also worked as a Special Correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and a contributor to Ebony and Essence.
What is left to say about the woman who turned journalism into a billion-dollar empire that encompasses a magazine, 25-year-long talk show, the angel network, a production company, a Huffington Post channel, an active website, and most recently, her OWN network.
Oprah is a true pioneer in broadcast and has set a very high bar for all those who come after her. With a career that spans 35 years and keeps getting better, Oprah has taught us that you don’t have to compromise yourself or your beliefs for the sake of good ratings, and that deep down the true goal in life isn’t money or prestige, it’s achieving your higher calling, which for her is clearly reporting.