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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Somewhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1972
Birth Location:
Denver, Colorado

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Somewhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1972
Birth Location:
Denver
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Biography

Journalist Alysia Diane Tate was born on August 7, 1972 in Denver, Colorado. Her mother, Tamra Tate, was a journalist; her father, George Tate, a counselor, professor and former minister. Tate grew up in Denver, Colorado where she attended Park Hill Elementary School, Smiley Middle School, and East High School. In 1994, she graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with her B.S. degree in journalism.

Upon graduation, Tate was hired as a reporter for the Daily Herald in Chicago, Illinois. Then, in 1998, she moved to The Chicago Reporter, where she worked as a reporter before being promoted to senior editor. In 2001, Tate was appointed editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, where she led the editorial, fundraising and marketing efforts of the publication. From 2008 to 2011, she served as chief operating officer of the Community Renewal Society, a faith-based, social justice organization that publishes two independent magazines, including The Chicago Reporter. In 2013, Tate was hired as a policy advisor and speechwriter for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In addition, she has worked as a project and communications consultant, whose clients have included the Chicago Community Trust, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education.

Tate has been active in a number of civic organizations, including the Chicago Network, Leadership Greater Chicago, and Re-evaluation Counseling, an international, volunteer-based peer counseling and social change organization. She served on the board of DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, and has served on the advisory board of Illinois Issues, a public affairs magazine published by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Tate also served on the Local School Council of the William H. Ray Elementary School in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Tate has received recognition for her work including the Clarion Award from the National Association for Women in Communications; the Unity Award in Media from Lincoln University; and the Award of Excellence from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. She was listed as one of Ebony magazine’s leaders to watch in 2008; was a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow in 2004; and was included in the 2002 “40 Under 40” listing in Crain’s Chicago Business. Tate also served as an Edgar Fellow in 2014, joining a bi-partisan group of emerging leaders exploring policy issues affecting the state of Illinois

Alysia Tate was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 21, 2014.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alysia Tate describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alysia Tate describes her earliest childhood memory
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alysia Tate describes the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alysia Tate describes her early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alysia Tate talks about the development of her racial identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alysia Tate talks about her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alysia Tate remembers her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alysia Tate talks about her experiences at East High School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alysia Tate recalls her decision to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alysia Tate describes the racial cliques at East High School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alysia Tate talks about Malcolm X's impact on her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alysia Tate describes the African American student community at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alysia Tate remembers the black faculty at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alysia Tate talks about the racial politics at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alysia Tate talks about her experiences in a white sorority at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alysia Tate talks about her political activism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alysia Tate remembers resigning from the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alysia Tate talks about the development of her feminism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alysia Tate talks about the problem of sexual assault at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alysia Tate remembers being targeted in an investigation at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alysia Tate talks about the discrimination against black women
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alysia Tate remembers the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alysia Tate remembers changing her major from theater to journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alysia Tate remembers her internship at The Boston Globe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alysia Tate remember joining the staff of the Daily Herald
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alysia Tate remembers accepting a position at the Chicago Reporter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alysia Tate remembers the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alysia Tate remembers Barack Obama's political career in Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alysia Tate talks about her introduction into city politics in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alysia Tate talks about reporting on the murder of Ryan Harris
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alysia Tate reflects upon the need for mental health reparations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alysia Tate talks about housing discrimination in Chicago, Illinois