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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Thanks For The Company.

Birthplace

Born:
7/27/1956
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Thanks For The Company.

Birthplace

Born:
7/27/1956
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Television news anchor Barbara Ciara was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on July 27, 1956 to Robert and Georgia Jones. Ciara received her G.E.D. at the age of 16 before moving on to Pima Community College and the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1974. Ciara left school to take a full-time position at Tucson television station KZAZ-TV in 1976. Two years later, Ciara was promoted to news director at KZAZ-TV, becoming the youngest and first African American female to attain a management position at a television station in the southwest region of the United States.

After working for KZAZ-TV, Ciara landed a co-anchor position with Norfolk, Virginia area television station and NBC affiliate WAVY-TV in 1983. She then served as a news co-anchor with Hampton Roads area television station and ABC affiliate WVEC-TV. After 12 years at WVEC, Ciara landed an anchor role with CBS affiliate WTKR-TV in 2000, anchoring three news telecasts. That same year, she completed her undergraduate education at Hampton University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In addition to being a notable presence in the Hampton Roads community, Ciara gained a national profile in 2007 when she was elected president of the National Association for Black Journalists, the largest organization for journalists of color in the world. In the following year, Ciara assumed the role of president for UNITY: Journalist of Color, a coalition of four organizations representing Native American, Hispanic, Asian American and black journalists across the country.

Ciara is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including an Emmy Award and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her broadcast journalism. She has also won an Associated Press award for her journalism and has been inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Ciara was featured in Ebony magazine. Her stateside coverage includes political campaigns, investigative reporting and interviews with luminaries like Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

She has provided analysis on CNN, CBS News, XM Radio, National Public Radio and the Tom Joyner Morning Show in addition to providing quotes for the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other news outlets. Ciara is married to her husband, Arthur Jarrett, Jr.

Barbara Ciara was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 7, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara describes her mother's growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her life there
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara talks about her father's education and his employment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara talks about how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Ciara talks about growing up in Pittsburgh, her parents' divorce, and their joint custody of her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Ciara describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barbara Ciara talks about her childhood household and religion in her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Barbara Ciara talks about her father introducing her to the football and baseball teams in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Barbara Ciara talks about her early days in school and her and her family's interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Barbara Ciara talks about the role that television and newspapers played during her youth and to the black community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Barbara Ciara talks about how she began to work on her school's newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Ciara talks about attending Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the cultural activities of her childhood in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Ciara talks about her singing group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara describes the demographics and close-knit community in the St. Clair Village projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara talks about her English teacher in junior high school, and her involvement in the school newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara talks about the drug problem in her neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while she was growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara talks about her role models as a child and the appearances of African Americans on mainstream television and in the movies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara discusses her teenage pregnancy, her tensions with her mother, and running away to York City at the age of fifteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara discusses her tensions with her mother, and running away to New York City at the age of fifteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Ciara talks about completing her GED and her desire to attend college to study broadcasting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara Ciara talks about her two years of separation from her parents and her son, and her decision to attend college in Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Ciara talks about her family's secrets around mental illness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Ciara describes her experience at the University of Arizona and her motivation to perform well academically
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara talks about the racial climate in Arizona in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara discusses her studies at the University of Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara describes how she got her first full-time job in television in Tucson, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara talks about the sexism against women in the newsroom in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara talks about becoming the youngest woman to be promoted to news director at a commercial station in the southwest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara talks about her involvement with the Urban League and the NAACP's activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barbara Ciara talks about her experience as news director of KZAZ in Tucson, Arizona, and her coverage of political news
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barbara Ciara talks about athletics at the University of Arizona and her decision to move to Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Ciara describes the racial climate in Norfolk, Virginia in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Ciara talks about being racially discriminated against at WVEC in Norfolk, and her decision to move to WAVY instead of filing a lawsuit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara describes her experience at WAVY, the NBC affiliate station in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara talks about the Colonial Parkway serial murders in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara talks about her return to WVEC in Norfolk in 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara talks about her coverage of diverse news items in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara talks about the Hampton Roads area of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara talks about her decision to leave WVEC and move to WTKR and her Emmy Award nominations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Ciara describes her involvement with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Ciara discusses her coverage of Operation Haiti in 1997 and receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara talks about going back to college and completing her undergraduate degree at Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara talks about her reason for moving to WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, and her experience there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara describes the highlights of her experience at WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia and her one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara talks about her coverage of local stories and her projects in the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara talks about becoming the president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 2007
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara talks about dealing the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) response to race-based issues in the media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Barbara Ciara talks about dealing the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) response to race-based remarks in the media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Barbara Ciara talks about UNITY
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barbara Ciara talks about the disassociation of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) from UNITY
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barbara Ciara reflects upon her coverage of more controversial stories in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Barbara Ciara talks about her 2011 story covering a terror arraignment at Guantanamo Bay
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Barbara Ciara reflects upon her legacy and her journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Barbara Ciara reflects upon her life and career choices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Barbara Ciara describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Barbara Ciara talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Barbara Ciara talks about her family's health and he health of the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Barbara Ciara talks about how she would like to be remembered