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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse, Purple
Favorite Food:
Louisiana Food, Memphis Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
He who tells the stories rules the world.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1951
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse, Purple
Favorite Food:
Louisiana Food, Memphis Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
He who tells the stories rules the world.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1951
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Radio talk show host Callie Crossley was born in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from Memphis’ Central High school, she earned her B.A. in English in 1973 from Wellesley College. Crossley was also awarded two fellowships at Harvard University – a Nieman fellowship from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and a fellowship from the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also served as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at The Council of Independent Colleges.

Crossley began her career in media and journalism in 1974 as a local news reporter for WREC in Memphis. She then moved to WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana where she specialized in health reporting, and later was a general assignment reporter for WGBH’s The Ten O’clock News – Boston’s only live, daily, public news program. She returned to WGBH as a news reporter being awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1982. In 1987, Crossley joined Blackside, Inc. where she worked on the six-hour documentary series “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years: 1954-1965,” which aired on PBS. While there, she partnered with producer Jim DeVinney to produce, write, and direct two hours of the “Eyes on the Prize” series: “No Easy Walk: 1961-1963” and “Bridge to Freedom: 1965.” Crossley was then brought on as a producer for ABC Television Network’s “20/20” news magazine where her stories focused on health and medicine. In 1989, Crossley became a senior producer for the ABC News primetime special “Black in White America” (1989) and began appearing on WGBH-TV’s media criticism program, “Beat the Press.”

Returning to Blackside, Inc. in 2000, Crossley was made the senior producer for the PBS series, “This Far By Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys.” She joined WGBH Radio in 2010 and began hosting “The Callie Crossley Show,” a one-hour, live, call-in program. On July 9, 2012, she debuted as the host and moderator of the two-hour live “Boston Public Radio;” and, in early 2013, she began hosting “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley.” Crossley has served as host of WGBH-TV’s “Basic Black” and as a television and radio commentator on other local, as well as national programs. She also appeared as a contributor on “The Takeaway,” which aired on National Public Radio (NPR); Fox Television Station’s “Fox 25 Morning News”; “Reliable Sources” on CNN; and “News Hour,” which aired on PBS.

Crossley has received multiple journalism and film awards, most notably for her work on the acclaimed documentary series “Eyes on the Prize,” which earned her an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy, a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award (Gold Baton). In 2012, the Ford Hall Forum honored her with its George W. Coleman Award; and, in 2013, she received the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award. Crossley has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from Pine Manor College and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Cambridge College.

Callie Crossley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Callie Crossley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley shares her maternal family history, remembering a great aunt born in slavery
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley describes her maternal grandparents and her mother's school experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley remembers the family her mother stayed with to attend high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley details her mother's college education and experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley recounts a story of her mother experiencing racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley describes her father's family history and the land they owned in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley describes her father's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Callie Crossley describes her parents' marriage and move to Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley describes her parents' move to Memphis, Tennessee after their graduation from Southern University, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley describes in more detail her parents' personality and their relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley talks about her sister, Fayre, and her personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley remembers growing up in South Memphis, Tennessee, while describing her neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley describes how her church was not particularly involved in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley shares her early childhood memories of her neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley describes her elementary school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Callie Crossley describes her mother as open-minded
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Callie Crossley describes herself as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Callie Crossley shares her experiences in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley discusses the 1968 NAACP case that led to her attending Central High School in Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley shares her memories of the days leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley remembers what happened the day of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley describes her experience being one of the first black students at Central High School in Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley recalls some of her favorite books on black history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley recounts the lack of social life at Central High School, Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley recounts her parents' advice during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley describes her acceptance into Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley talks about her positive experience at Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley remembers people who influenced her at Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley remembers the shift from 'Negro' to 'black' during the 1960's
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley recalls her interest in broadcast journalism at Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley recounts being hired by WREC in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley describes being a black woman in the 1970's newsroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley recalls moving to WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana and honing her skills
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley describes changes in the 1970s with black journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley recalls going to her first NABJ Convention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley describes her move to public broadcasting at WGBH Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley shares her experiences at WGBH in Boston in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley describes WBGH's focus on children's and artistic programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley shares memorable stories she produced while at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley talks about her Harvard University Neiman Fellowship and Henry Hampton's 'Eyes on the Prize' documentary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley shares her experience working on 'Eyes on the Prize' with Henry Hampton, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley continues to share her memories of working on 'Eyes on the Prize', part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley discusses Hampton's choice of Julian Bond as the narrator of 'Eyes on the Prize'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley recalls the challenges of working on an independent production of 'Eyes on the Prize'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley shares her favorite part of working on 'Eyes on the Prize'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley remembers 'Eyes on the Prize' being nominated for an Academy Award
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley recalls joining ABC TV
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley shares a story of her work at ABC TV's '20/20'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley recalls working on 'Black in White America'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley describes leaving ABC T.V. after its purchase by Disney in 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley discusses her work on the project 'This Far By Faith' in 2003
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley talks about her radio show 'The Callie Crossley Show', part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley talks about 'The Callie Crossley Show', part 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Callie Crossley discusses her additional media prospects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Callie Crossley describes the end of 'The Callie Crossley Show'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Callie Crossley discusses some of the memorable guests she had on her radio show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Callie Crossley describes her awards
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Callie Crossley talks about her show, 'Under the Radar with Callie Crossley'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Callie Crossley shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Callie Crossley talks about what she wishes to work on in the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Callie Crossley talks post-racial America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Callie Crossley regrets some missed opportunities in her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Callie Crossley reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Callie Crossley talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Callie Crossley discusses her journalistic philosophy as inclusion and accuracy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Callie Crossley describers how she would like to be remembered