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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Bread with Cheese or Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1964
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Bread with Cheese or Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1964
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Journalist Caroline V. Clarke was born on Christmas Day, 1964 in New York City. As an infant, she was adopted and then raised in the Bronx, New York. Clarke later discovered that her biological mother was Carole "Cookie" Cole, the daughter of the famous musician Nat King Cole. She received her B.A. degree in English from Smith College, and then earned her M.S. degree with honors in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also studied at Spelman College from 1983 to 1984.

In 1987, Clarke was hired as a reporter for the North Jersey Herald-News. She then joined the Connecticut Law Tribune in 1988, and became a staff writer for American Lawyer in 1989, where she was a contributing winner of a National Magazine Award for Outstanding Single Topic Issue. Then, in 1993, Black Enterprise magazine hired Clark as a senior editor. In 1998, she helped launch Black Enterprise Books, and served as its editorial director until 2003. During this time, she was promoted to editor-at-large of Black Enterprise magazine, and, in 2009, became Black Enterprise’s general manager of interactive media. In 2010, Clarke was named executive editor of Black Enterprise and became host of Black Enterprise Business Report. She also serves as editorial director of Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit, the nation's largest annual conference for African American women executives.

In 2001, Clarke, through Black Enterprise Books, published her first book, Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way. She also authored Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles and a Whole Lot of Mail, which was published in 2014.

Clarke has served on the boards of Spence Chapin Family Services and the BE BRIDGE Foundation. She is married and has two children.

Caroline Clarke was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 9, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Caroline Clarke's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Caroline Clarke lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Caroline Clarke describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Caroline Clarke describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Caroline Clarke remembers her early experiences in Liberia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Caroline Clarke describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Caroline Clarke recalls her parents' influence on her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Caroline Clarke describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Caroline Clarke talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Caroline Clarke talks about her adoption
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Caroline Clarke talks about her birth mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Caroline Clarke talks about her birth mother's decision to place her for adoption
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Caroline Clarke describes her birth mother's acting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Caroline Clarke describes her birth mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Caroline Clarke talks about the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Caroline Clarke describes her adoptive parents' emphasis on etiquette
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Caroline Clarke describes her community in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Caroline Clarke talks about her schooling in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Caroline Clarke talks about her biological father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Caroline Clarke remembers learning that her father was white, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Caroline Clarke remembers learning that her father was white, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Caroline Clarke talks about her racial identity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Caroline Clarke talks about her racial identity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Caroline Clarke remembers The Bronx High School of Science in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Caroline Clarke describes her decision to pursue a career in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Caroline Clarke talks about her decision to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Caroline Clarke describes her experiences at Smith College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Caroline Clarke talks about her year at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Caroline Clarke describes the start of her career in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Caroline Clarke remembers meeting her husband, John C. Graves
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Caroline Clarke talks about her marriage to John C. Graves
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Caroline Clarke talks about working for Earl G. Graves, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Caroline Clarke describes the dress code at Black Enterprise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Caroline Clarke talks about the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Caroline Clarke remembers the creation of the Women of Power Summit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Caroline Clarke reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Caroline Clarke talks about her decision to pursue a career in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Caroline Clarke reflects upon the state of the journalism industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Caroline Clarke talks about journalism in the digital age
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Caroline Clarke reflects upon the state of black media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Caroline Clarke reflects upon her legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Caroline Clarke reflects upon her legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Caroline Clarke shares a message to future generations