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Amyre Ann Makupson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Aw, Man.

Birthplace

Born:
9/30/1947
Birth Location:
River Rouge, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Aw, Man.

Birthplace

Born:
9/30/1947
Birth Location:
River Rouge
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Biography

Detroit television news anchor, Amyre Ann Porter Makupson was born on September 30, 1947 in River Rouge, Michigan to Dr. Rudolph Hannibal and Amyre Ann Porche Porter. She attended Visitation Catholic Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy High School in Monroe, Michigan in 1965. She earned her B.A. degree in dramatics and speech from Fisk University in 1970 and her M.A. degree in speech arts/communications theory from American University in 1972.

Makupson held positions at WSM-TV in Nashville and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. before returning to Detroit, Michigan in 1975 to work as director of public relations for Head Start, the Michigan Health Maintenance Organization. That same year, Makupson was hired by WGPR-TV, the nation’s first African American-owned television station, as a news anchor for “Big City News” and the Detroit focused talk show “Porterhouse.” In 1977, Makupson joined WKBD-TV as a news anchor and public affairs director. At WKBD-TV, she hosted “Morning Break,” the station’s daily talk show, and produced and anchored a five-minute newsbreak. In 1985, Makupson co-anchored WKBD’s “Ten O’clock News” and anchored “Eyewitness News at 11” on WKBD’s sister station, WWJ-TV.

Makupson has won six local Emmy awards including Best News Anchor, Best Interview/Discussion Program, and three for Best Commentary. In 1992 and 1995, Makupson won the Oakland County Bar Association Media Award for the show “Straight Talk” and named SCLC’s Media Person of the Year in 1995. She was also named the March of Dimes’ Humanitarian of the Year in 1996 and Makupson was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. An author, Makupson published “So...What’s Next?” in 2004. Makupson serves on the boards of The Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association, the Skillman Foundation, Covenant House, the Providence Hospital Fund, and the March of Dimes. Makupson lives outside of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, Walter, with whom she has two children.

Amyre Ann Makupson was interviewed by The HistoryMakerson April 5, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls her maternal family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her father's medical school years and medical career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her household and remembers the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes her childhood personality and love for Motown
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her Catholic faith
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls her grade school years and going to lunch with a nun who taught her in the second grade
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about attending St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about the Civil Rights Movement and attending high school at St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls her career interests as a youth and lists where she attended college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls her brother's death and her time at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her mentor at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about earning her M.A. degree from American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes her career trajectory in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes how she behaved as an anchor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about working for WKBD under five separate ownerships, earning six Emmys and her public speaking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Amyre Ann Makupson remembers interviewing families during telethons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about how her racial ambiguity has impacted her life and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls memorable news stories she has covered over the years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about advancements in women's roles in the media
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Amyre Ann Makupson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her civic engagement in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes the most exciting days of her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes her endeavors after ending twenty-five years of news at WKBD in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes her book 'So What's Next' and explains what motivated her to write it
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Amyre Ann Makupson reflects on the decline of Detroit, Michigan and her hopes for the city
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Amyre Ann Makupson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about working with Detroit Repertory Theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Amyre Ann Makupson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Amyre Ann Makupson talks about her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Amyre Ann Makupson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Amyre Ann Makupson recalls working on a PSA with Isiah Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Amyre Ann Makupson narrates her photographs, pt. 2