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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1947
Birth Location:
Tacoma, Washington

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1947
Birth Location:
Tacoma
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Biography

Magazine editor and author Audrey M. Edwards was born on April 21, 1947 in Tacoma, Washington. Edwards received her B.A. degree from the University of Washington in 1969, and her M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1974.

In 1970, Edwards began her career at Redbook magazine as an associate editor in the fiction department. She served for one year as editor of Community New Service, a black and Puerto Rican news service in 1974. Then, in 1975, Edwards went to Fairchild Publications where she was hired as a news reporter for the trade paper, Supermarket News, and was then promoted to the promotions news editor position. In 1977, Edwards joined Black Enterprise magazine as an associate editor, but left in 1978 to become a senior editor at Family Circle magazine. Edwards was named executive editor of Essence magazine in 1981, and was promoted to the position of editor two years later. She left Essence in 1986 to open a real estate brokerage firm, Plaza Properties, but continued to write for the magazine as a contributing editor/writer. In 1990, she returned to Black Enterprise magazine as executive editor and vice president of editorial operations, while continuing to run her real estate business. In 1998, Edwards became a senior editor at More magazine.

In 2008, after successfully running her real estate company for twenty-two years, Edwards joined the real estate firm of Brown Harris Stevens as an associate broker. In addition, Edwards has served as an adjunct professor of magazine writing and magazine editing at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and New York University, respectively.

Edwards has consistently freelanced as a journalist, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vibe, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, Essence, More, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour and Black Enterprise. Edwards has also authored several books including, Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success, published by Doubleday in 1992, and co-written with Dr. Craig Polite. Her latest work is a collaboration with Edward Lewis, co-founder, CEO and publisher of Essence magazine, on his business memoir, The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, to be published by Atria Books (Simon & Schuster) in 2014.

Edwards’ professional affiliations include membership in the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). She served as a regional director of NABJ from 1981 to 1983, and was the program co-chair for the NABJ Annual Convention held in New York in 1989. In 1992, Edwards received an NYABJ Excellence Award for Magazine Feature Writing.

Audrey Edwards was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 12, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Audrey Edwards' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards talks about her maternal grandparents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards remembers segregation in Danville, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards talks about her mother's U.S. Army service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards talks about her West Indian identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Audrey Edwards talks about her relationship with her brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Audrey Edwards remembers attending Catholic school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards remembers living in Japan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards remembers living in Japan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards recalls attending an all-black school in Danville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards talks about living in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards describes her early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards remembers her family's first home in Tacoma, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards talks about her father's first marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards recalls her transition to Gault Junior High School in Tacoma, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards remembers narrowly avoiding a fight with a classmate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Audrey Edwards describes her activities at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Audrey Edwards recalls her parents' views on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards talks about her father's Caribbean heritage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards describes her parents' community involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards talks about her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards talks about her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards recalls attending the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards remembers attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards recalls her academic experiences at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards describes her return to Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards recalls briefly attending Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Audrey Edwards remembers meeting her half-sisters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Audrey Edwards recalls moving to New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards lists publications where she has worked
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards recalls learning about her Caribbean heritage in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards remembers working for Redbook
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards describes her decision to leave Redbook
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards remembers working at Columbia University's Urban Center in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards talks about joining Black Enterprise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards recalls working for the Community News Service and Supermarket News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards remembers her experiences writing for Supermarket News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards describes her position at Black Enterprise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards remembers working for Family Circle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Audrey Edwards recalls her decision to join Essence, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards recalls her decision to join Essence, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards remembers working with Susan Taylor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards describes memorable stories from Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards remembers the staff dynamics at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards describes the challenges of starting a magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards recalls Essence's first men's issue
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards talks about Susan Taylor's 'In the Spirit' column
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards describes Essence magazine's coverage of Vanessa Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards talks about covering historically significant events
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards describes the prominent figures at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards talks about her freelance editing career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards talks about the Essence Achievement Awards and Essence television show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards recalls being chosen to co-author a book with Edward Lewis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards describes the founding of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards remembers Essence's first three editors-in-chief
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards describes the Essence television show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards talks about the editorial process at Essence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards talks about hiring African Americans at Essence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards recalls her attempt to hire African Americans for Essence's television show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards describes her role on the Essence television show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards talks about the editors at Essence Magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards describes Essence magazine's political coverage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards talks about Essence's appeal to men
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards describes Essence magazine's varying subject matter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards recalls her decision to leave Essence magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Audrey Edwards describes her successors at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards recalls working as the editor-at-large of Black Enterprise
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards describes her book, 'Children of The Dream'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards recalls writing 'Children of The Dream' with Craig K. Polite
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards describes the reactions to 'Children of The Dream'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards recalls writing an Essence coffee table book
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards talks about her move to Paris, France
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards describes her real estate business
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards recalls working at More magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards talks about her freelance writing career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards remembers writing 'Bring Me Home A Black Girl,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards remembers writing 'Bring Me Home A Black Girl,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Audrey Edwards talks about the importance of a black press
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Audrey Edwards describes the role of Black Enterprise
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Audrey Edwards talks about Time Warner, Inc.'s acquisition of Essence
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Audrey Edwards describes Essence founder Edward Lewis
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Audrey Edwards remembers Susan Taylor's retirement
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Audrey Edwards talks about the importance of training successors
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Audrey Edwards describes her concerns for the black press
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Audrey Edwards describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Audrey Edwards reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Audrey Edwards narrates her photographs