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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pie (Lemon Chiffon), Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
Gee Golly Willikers.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1944
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pie (Lemon Chiffon), Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
Gee Golly Willikers.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1944
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Barbara Heineback was born in New York City on December 29, 1944; she went on to make history by becoming the first African American woman to serve as a press officer to a First Lady.

Heineback attended Howard University where she received her B.A. degree in journalism from the school of communications. From there, Heineback went on to attend the University of Stockholm in Sweden where she received a certificate of Language Arts in Swedish. She married Swedish Foreign Service officer Bo Heineback who later served as Swedish ambassador to several countries. She gave birth to their son in 1973.

Upon returning to the United States, Heineback made history be becoming the first African American woman to serve as a press officer to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. From there, Heineback went on to become the director of public relations and later, the public and investor relations director for Comsat, a communications satellite corporation. Next, Heineback served as the director of development for Scripps Memorial Hospital, where she was credited with raising significant funding for the hospital. From there, Heineback went on to become the chief of protocol for the America’s Cup, an international sailing race. In 1996, Heineback launched her firm, Talking Point, to manage the marketing and communications needs of several prominent clients. Heineback served as a consultant through her firm to non-profit, corporate, and private clients around the globe. Heineback also served as a strategic consultant for President Bill Clinton’s Administration; the NAACP; Scripps Healthcare; Silicon Graphics; Biotechs; the Bi-national Emergency Medical Care Committee; and the San Francisco Library.

Heineback published a newspaper column for the Savannah Morning News, as well as a number of social and political commentary articles for other papers. She served on the board of directors of Frederick County Mental Health Association; the International Eye Foundation; the San Francisco World Affairs Council; and the San Francisco Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara Heineback's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback recalls holidays with her family in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Heineback recounts her search for her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Heineback describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Heineback recalls fond memories of her time with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback describes her paternal family's farm in Leesburg, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback describes her early education at St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback describes her childhood neighborhood and daily life in Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback compares her birth in New York City to her son's in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback remembers her childhood activities and pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback remembers neighbors from her childhood in Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Heineback talks about her parent's involvement in the Sands Point community of Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Heineback remembers her father nearly losing the family farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara Heineback recalls her time at Sands Point Elementary School in Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Heineback describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback remembers her influential piano teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback remembers attending Port Washington Baptist Church in Port Washington, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback remembers her father's influence and advice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback remembers her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback recalls working full time at CBS News her senior year at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback recalls working full time at CBS News her senior year at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara Heineback recalls living in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barbara Heineback remembers the birth of her son, Erik Heineback, in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barbara Heineback talks about her divorce and return to the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Heineback remembers her hiring as Rosalynn Carter's advance agent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback describes her first few days as an advance agent for Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback remembers averting a major mishap during her early days as an advance agent for Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback describes the hectic lifestyle of a presidential advance agent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback recalls the election of President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback recounts how WALB-TV rescinded a job offer after hiring her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback talks about moving to Washington D.C. to serve as Rosalynn Carter's press officer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara Heineback describes her experiences as a press officer for First Lady Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Heineback recalls a difficult public relations situation while working for First Lady Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback reflects on her rewarding experiences working for First Lady Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback talks about her resignation as press officer for First Lady Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback talks about her work for First Lady Rosalynn Carter's initiatives in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback remembers how she met her first husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback talks about the complications in her marriages
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback talks about her career in public relations and fundraising
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barbara Heineback reflects upon her decision to work for a biotech firm in Silicon Valley, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barbara Heineback talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Barbara Heineback reflects upon balancing motherhood and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Barbara Heineback offers advice for aspiring public relations specialists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Barbara Heineback describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Barbara Heineback outlines her concerns for the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Barbara Heineback talks about her values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Barbara Heineback describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Barbara Heineback reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Barbara Heineback reflects upon her legacy