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A'Lelia Bundles

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Television News Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Television News Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Award-winning news producer and author A'Lelia Bundles was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 7, 1952. After graduating high school in Indianapolis, Bundles went on to Harvard College, earning her A.B. in 1974, and then to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, earning an M.S.J. in 1976.

During her senior year at Harvard, Bundles began working at WTLC-FM as a news anchor. Later that same year she was hired by DuPont as an assistant in the public affairs department, and she remained there until 1975. Upon completing her master's degree, she went to NBC News, working as a producer for several programs across the country. In 1989, Bundles went to ABC News, where she became the Washington bureau chief and the producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Currently, she works with ABC as the director of talent development.

Bundles is also the author of a book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, based upon the business empire built by her great-great-grandmother. Walker was born in 1867 to freed slaves and went on to create a hair-care product to enable both herself and her saleswomen to become self-sufficient. The work has earned Bundles much praise, including a 2001 New York Times Notable Book mention and the 2001 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians. She has had articles published in a wide variety of magazines and journals as well, including The New York Times Book Review, Essence, and Fortune Small Business.

Bundles serves as vice chairperson of the Madam Walker Theatre Center, chairperson of the National Association of Black Journalists Authors Showcase, and past president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association. She has also won an Emmy.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her mother's background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her mother's education at Howard University and Palmer Memorial Institute
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - A'Lelia Bundles talks about her father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - A'Lelia Bundles talks about growing up in a neighborhood of black professionals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls her childhood experience attending predominantly white schools
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her personality and favorite books as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls the lack of books about African Americans when she was a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls the music she listened to growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - A'Lelia Bundles remembers the backlash she experienced at her predominantly white high school when she was elected Vice President of the Student Council, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls connecting to the Black Power Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her college decision process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls her time at Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - A'Lelia Bundles remembers her first jobs after college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - A'Lelia Bundles remembers her professors at Harvard University, including Martin Kilson, Derek Bell, Orlando Patterson, and Pierre-Michel Fontaine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her senior thesis at Harvard University about the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - A'Lelia Bundles reflects on her gift for writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls an internship at Newsweek Magazine in Chicago and meeting black journalists including Vernon Jarrett and Basil Phillips
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - A'Lelia Bundles describes beginning to research her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - A'Lelia Bundles reflects on the effect that Madam C.J. Walker's legacy had on her mother, A'Lelia Mae Perry Bundles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls her early career in network television at NBC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls covering the 1982 trial of Wayne Williams in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - A'Lelia Bundles remembers Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.'s U.S. presidential campaign in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - A'Lelia Bundles remembers Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.'s 1984 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her work as a producer for NBC News shows and ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her work with news anchor Carol Simpson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls becoming the Washington D.C. deputy bureau chief for ABC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her decision to leave NBC to write "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her research for "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - A'Lelia Bundles recalls working with Alex Haley in 1982 on a novel about Madam C.J. Walker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - A'Lelia Bundles describes fighting with the Alex Haley estate to publish "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - A'Lelia Bundles recounts her legal battle with the estate of Alex Haley, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - A'Lelia Bundles recounts her legal battle with the estate of Alex Haley, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - A'Lelia Bundles describes her reaction to Beverly Lowry's book on Madam C.J. Walker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - A'Lelia Bundles describes Madam C.J. Walker's political activism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - A'Lelia Bundles describes Madam C.J. Walker's political activism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - A'Lelia Bundles describes how her book "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker" was received
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - A'Lelia Bundles talks about wanting to write about other relatives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - A'Lelia Bundles reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - A'Lelia Bundles talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - A'Lelia Bundles narrates her photographs