Dori Maynard Dies & Journalism Loses A Major Advocate For Diversity

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Journalist Dori J. Maynard, who spent her career pushing for diversity in news coverage, died February 24 at her Oakland home. She was 56.

Her death was confirmed by the media institute she presided over, the Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. NPR says the cause of death was lung cancer.

Dori J. Maynard was the daughter of Robert C. Maynard, the former owner of the Oakland Tribune, reports The Grio.  She worked as a journalist for such publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Bakersfield Californian, and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass.

As was her father, Dori was a Neiman scholar at Harvard University. And at the time of her death, she was still the president of the Maynard Institute, which is the nation’s oldest organization focusing on the accurate portrayal overlooked communities, reports The Grio.

According to the institute, on the morning of her death, Dori was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute and to attract additional funding.

“Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever,” said the institute in a statement.

According to the Maynard Institute website, “Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and nuanced stories. New programs are empowering community members to voice the narrative of their own lives.”

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