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Charles M. Blow

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1970
Birth Location:
Shreveport, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1970
Birth Location:
Shreveport
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Biography

Journalist Charles M. Blow was born on August 11, 1970 in Gibsland, Louisiana. As a young boy, Blow was inspired by his mother, a teacher and school administrator. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received his B.A. degree in mass communications. As a student, Blow interned at The New York Times and was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Gramblinite. He also founded a now-defunct student magazine called Razz.

Upon graduation from Grambling State University in 1991, Blow was hired as a graphic artist for The Detroit News. He then joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and subsequently became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. Blow was later appointed as The New York Times’ design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the Art Director for National Geographic magazine. In 2008, Blow returned to The New York Times, where he was named the paper’s first visual op-ed columnist. His column appeared twice-a-week, and he wrote a blog entitled "By The Numbers" for the newspaper's website. Blow also served as a CNN commentator, and appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and HBO.

While at The New York Times, Blow led the paper to a best of show award from the Society of News Design for its information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the newspaper to its first two best in show awards from the Malofiej International Infographics Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. Since 2011, Blow has been ranked on The Roots’ Top 100 most influential people list. In addition to these honors, he was one of the leading voices on the Trayvon Martin case in the first half of 2012.

His memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was published in 2014.

Blow lives in Brooklyn with his three children.

Charles M. Blow was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 11, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles M. Blow talks about rural farm life in Gibsland, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles M. Blow describes his household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles M. Blow describes his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow remembers telling his mother about his experiences of childhood sexual abuse, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow remembers telling his mother about his experiences of childhood sexual abuse, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow recalls his experiences of childhood sexual abuse
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences during elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow remembers the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow recalls his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow reflects upon his experiences of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles M. Blow talks about the impact of his childhood trauma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow remembers his first romantic relationship, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow remembers his first relationship, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow describes his decision to attend Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow remembers meeting Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences at Gibsland-Coleman High School in Gibsland, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow talks about losing his southern accent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences with hazing at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles M. Blow talks about his leadership roles at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charles M. Blow recalls changing his major to journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow talks about his student magazine, The Razz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow remembers the popular culture of his generation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow recalls his summer internship at the Shreveport Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow recalls how he came to intern at The New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow remembers arriving in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow talks about his early experiences in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences at The Detroit News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow talks about his experiences in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles M. Blow recalls joining the staff of The New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles M. Blow talks about raising his children in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Charles M. Blow recalls becoming the youngest department head at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences as graphics director at The New York Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow describes his experiences as graphics director at The New York Times, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow talks about the theory of visual journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow remembers his staff at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow describes his transition to National Geographic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow talks about his return to The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow describes his early career as an op-ed columnist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow describes his early career as an op-ed columnist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow describes his process for writing a column
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow reflects upon his position as a columnist at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow talks about his writing process and style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow talks about Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow remembers covering the shooting of Trayvon Martin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow remembers covering the shooting of Trayvon Martin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow reflects upon the state of the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Charles M. Blow describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charles M. Blow talks about balancing his family and his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charles M. Blow talks about his experiences as a celebrity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charles M. Blow describes the process of writing 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charles M. Blow remembers telling his ex-wife about his bisexuality
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charles M. Blow talks about the issue of bisexual invisibility
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Charles M. Blow talks about the perception of bisexuality in the LGBTQ community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Charles M. Blow reflects upon his legacy