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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Favorite Quote:
If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs And Blaming It On You, If You Can Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You, But Make Allowance For Their Doubting Too.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1951
Birth Location:
Beckley, West Virginia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Favorite Quote:
If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs And Blaming It On You, If You Can Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You, But Make Allowance For Their Doubting Too.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1951
Birth Location:
Beckley
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Biography

Newspaper, magazine and books editor Angela P. Dodson was born on May 24, 1951 in Beckley, West Virginia to parents William Alfred, Sr., and Kira Evelyn. Dodson received her B.A. degree in journalism in 1973 from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and her M.A. degree in journalism and public affairs in 1979 from American University in Washington, D.C.

Having served as an intern at the Charleston Gazette, she accepted a full time position as a reporter for the Huntington Advertiser and later as a news correspondent with its parent company Gannett Co. Inc. at Gannett News Service in the Washington, D.C. bureau, and later for the Rochester Times Union. She also worked for the Washington Star, and the Courier Journal of Louisville, Kentucky. In 1983, Dodson moved to the New York Times as a National Desk copy editor and was soon promoted to editor for the “Living” section and head of the Style Department. In 1992, Dodson became the first African American woman promoted to be a senior editor at The New York Times.

After leaving the New York Times in 1995, Dodson contributed articles and served as an editor for various publications, including Essence and Black Issues Book Review, before being named executive editor of the book review in 2003. In 2007, she became a freelance editor, writer and publishing consultant, contributing frequently to DIVERSE: Issues In Higher Education. Dodson has edited and ghost-written many books for major publishers and numerous self-published authors. In 2012, she founded Editorsoncall LLC.

Dodson has been a consultant for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and Hampton University and is the host of an award-winning radio program, Black Catholics, Yes!, for the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. She has taught workshops on writing and editing for many organizations including the National Black Writers Conference, the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Press Institute, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Maynard Institute’s Editing Program. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Mercer County Community College.

Dodson was honored at Marshall University as the Black Alumna of the Year in 1998 and as a Distinguished Alumna in the School of Journalism in 1989. Dodson received a Black Achiever in Industry Award from the Harlem Y.M.C.A. in 1990 and the Feature Writing Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists in 2000.

Dodson lives in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband, Michael I. Days, editor of the Daily News of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have four adopted sons.

Angela Dodson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Angela Dodson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson describes her family's move to West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Angela Dodson describes her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Angela Dodson talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Angela Dodson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson talks about her father's college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson remembers the Second Baptist Church in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson remembers Westside Elementary School in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson talks about Meyersdale Area High School in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson talks about her early exposure to books and media
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson remembers the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson talks about her high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson recalls her social environment in East Bank, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson talks about her influential high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson remembers her time at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson remembers covering the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson remembers the aftermath of the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Angela Dodson talks about the personal impact of the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson talks about the media representation of the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson recalls being hired as a reporter for The Huntington Advertiser
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson remembers covering the black community in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson recalls lesson from her time at The Huntington Advertiser
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson remembers meeting Robert C. Maynard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson talks about the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson recalls becoming the assistant news feature editor at the Gannett Company, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Angela Dodson describes the structure of the Gannett Company, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Angela Dodson remembers President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter's administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson talks about her master's degree program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson describes her time at the Rochester Times-Union
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson recalls her time at the Washington Star
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson talks about her decision to move to Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson remembers the Janet Cooke scandal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson remembers the Janet Cooke scandal, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson talks about the portrayal of African Americans in the media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Angela Dodson recalls the aftermath of the Janet Cooke scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Angela Dodson talks about the founding of USA Today
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Angela Dodson recalls joining the staff of The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson describes her experience on the national desk of The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson recalls working the living section of The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson talks about her time as style editor of the New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson talks about her reasons for the New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson recalls her lawsuit against The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson recalls her time at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson talks about her company, Editorsoncall, LLC
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson describes the impact of technology on the publishing industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson shares her advice to aspiring journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Angela Dodson reflects upon her contributions to journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Angela Dodson talks about her book reviews
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Angela Dodson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Angela Dodson talks about her adopted children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Angela Dodson talks about her children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Angela Dodson shares her advice to parents considering adoption
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Angela Dodson lists her siblings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Angela Dodson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Angela Dodson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Angela Dodson narrates her photographs, pt. 2