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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Steak, Potatoes, Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Angola, Indiana
Favorite Quote:
Do What You Got To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1929
Birth Location:
Evanston, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Steak, Potatoes, Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Angola, Indiana
Favorite Quote:
Do What You Got To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1929
Birth Location:
Evanston
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Biography

Barbara Boyd was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 27, 1929. A precocious child, she was educated at Evanston Township High School, where she excelled in literature and the humanities. She continued her studies at Roosevelt University and Columbia College's School of Radio and Television, where she was introduced to the world of broadcast journalism. She later went on to Indiana University and settled in Indianapolis, after graduation. In 1969, Barbara Boyd joined the WRTV 6 News Staff as a consumer reporter at age forty. Her early broadcasts of social and economic events quickly earned her a devoted following. As her audience grew, her range of subjects likewise grew.

Among Barbara Boyd's groundbreaking features was her piece on breast cancer. During the broadcast, Mrs. Boyd addressed her TV audience from her hospital bed one week after her own mastectomy operation. She urged viewers to become more aware of the symptoms of the disease and made note of resource centers in the area that would provide information and testing. The highly acclaimed, award-winning feature was crucial in the reduction of the number of breast cancer cases that year.

An active community leader, Barbara Boyd has been a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for many years. She holds membership at the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists, the NAACP, and the March of Dimes Association. In addition to these activities, Mrs. Boyd has been a fundraiser and board member for the Indiana Make-A-Wish Foundation since 1996.

Barbara Boyd has been profiled in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, Indianapolis Woman Magazine, and a book entitled In The Public Interest. She has received four CASPER broadcasting awards from the Community Service Council of Indianapolis and has been named "Woman of the Year" by the American Cancer Society for her daring feature on breast cancer. She has also received awards from the Indianapolis Press Club, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. For three consecutive years she was named one of Indianapolis' Top Ten Women by the Indianapolis Star. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Freedom Award. In March, 2000, Barbara Boyd was inducted into the Indianapolis Hall of Fame.

Boyd was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 11, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara Boyd interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara Boyd's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Boyd remembers her parents and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Boyd faces employment discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Boyd reflects on her girlhood in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The young Barbara Boyd dreams of stardom
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Boyd, a daddy's girl, describes her father's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Boyd describes her school days in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Boyd considers the black North Shore
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Boyd reminisces about her adolescent social life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barbara Boyd finds the South not as bad as she expected
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Boyd remembers family outings to Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Boyd discusses her childhood friend, Lorraine Hansberry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Boyd cites her parents as role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Boyd reflects upon her high school graduation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Boyd describes instances of racial exclusion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Boyd describes college life at The University of Illinois, Champaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara and Theodore 'Ted' Boyd begin their courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Boyd makes geographical and career moves
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Boyd gets an unexpected job opportunity with WRTV in Indianapolis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara Boyd describes early interactions with co-workers at WRTV in Indianapolis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Boyd, the newswoman, learns from her co-workers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Boyd, the newswoman, finds support in her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Boyd recognizes her public influence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Boyd finds a lump in her breast
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Boyd's breast cancer inspires a news story and other appearances
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Boyd's broadcast career develops
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Boyd describes her most interesting story, the Padanaram commune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara Boyd revisits Daniel Wright's Padanaram commune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Boyd discusses a journalist's responsibilities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Boyd considers the role of women in the media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Boyd considers technology's effect on journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Boyd describes how broadcast journalism evolved in her tenure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Boyd explains her signature hairstyle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Boyd details Indianapolis's development over four decades
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Boyd expresses her triumphs and goals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara Boyd reflects on family legacies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Barbara Boyd imagines her own legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Barbara Boyd on the cover of 'Indianapolis Monthly' magazine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Illustration and biography of Barbara Boyd from 'Indiana's Trailblazing Women' engagement calendar for 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Cover of 'Indiana's Trailblazing Women' engagement calendar, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Portrait of Barbara Boyd from 'Indiana's Trailblazing Women' engagement calendar for 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Barbara Boyd at age sixteen at WGN radio's 'Rubin's Stars of Tomorrow' competition, Chicago, Illinois, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Barbara Boyd delivers the news with co-anchor Jack Reinhardt at WRTV, Channel 6, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Another view of Barbara Boyd delivering the news at WRTV, Channel 6, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Barbara Boyd at age three or four, ca. 1932-1933
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Barbara Boyd with her family at the Fall Creek YMCA, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1961-1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Barbara Boyd and Cory Sevalle
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Barbara Boyd with Phillip Rhee, director and star of the movie 'Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back', 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Barbara Boyd's portrayal of a bus driver on the set of the movie, 'Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back', 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Barbara Boyd outside her trailer on the set of the movie, 'Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back', 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Barbara Boyd with the young actor, Jason, at the movie premiere of 'Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back', 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Barbara Boyd gets her makeup applied for her role in the movie 'Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back', 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Barbara Boyd with her ninety-five year old mother, Alberta Andry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Barbara Boyd's father, Ernest Andry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Barbara Boyd and her family at her 25th wedding anniversary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Family portrait of Barbara Boyd and her family, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Barbara Boyd and Maggie Greeley, on the cover of 'Mature Lifestyles' magazine, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Portrait of a young Barbara Boyd, ca. 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Barbara Boyd at a golf outing with friends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Barbara Boyd and her husband, Theodore Boyd at a benefit for the Aesculapian Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Article about Barbara Boyd's recovery from breast cancer in the 'Indianapolis Star' newspaper, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10, 1994
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - The plaque given to Barbara Boyd by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, June 24, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Award presented to Barbara Boyd upon being inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 15, 2000