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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti And Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
And That Is All.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1957
Birth Location:
Union Township, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti And Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
And That Is All.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1957
Birth Location:
Union Township
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Biography

Journalist Clarence Waldron was born in 1957 in Union Township, New Jersey. In 1973, Waldron received a full scholarship from A Better Chance to attend a college preparatory boarding school, Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York. In 1979, he graduated from the Columbia College of Columbia University with his B.A. degree in English Literature. Waldron went on to receive his M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1980. While attending Columbia’s graduate school, he received a RCA/NBC Fellowship that covered full tuition and fees.

Upon graduation, Waldron was hired as a general assignment reporter for The Press, a daily newspaper in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Then, from 1982 until 2011, he worked for the Johnson Publishing Company, where he served as senior editor and writer for JET magazine. At JET Waldron specialized in arts and entertainment, education and human rights. He conducted interviews and wrote stories on a long list of celebrities and leaders including President Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, Tony Bennett, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Cornel West, Aaliyah, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Al Sharpton, Nancy Wilson, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston, Jamie Foxx, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., Jennifer Hudson, Steve Harvey, Tom Joyner, Herb Kent and Dionne Warwick, among others. The legendary entertainer Eartha Kitt gave Waldron her last print interview that ran in Ebony shortly before she died in 2008. Waldron also served as contributing editor to Ebony, Ebony Man, and JET magazine.

In 1998, Waldron was hired as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He also became an adjunct lecturer at Columbia College Chicago in 2007. In 2012, Waldron founded CW Media, a multi-faceted arts and entertainment company specializing in book projects, consulting, public relations and motivational speaking, where he serves as CEO, writer and editor. Waldron also co-authored and edited "Geoffrey Holder & Carmen DeLavallade: A Memoir in Four Movements - the Exhibition Catalogue," and was the editor for Merri Dee's book Life Lessons On Faith, Forgiveness & Grace.

Waldron has received multiple awards, including a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime Delinquency, a Legacy Award from Elektra/Atlantic Records, the Award of Excellence from Visions Blue Institute in Chicago, and the Golden Quill Award for Feature Writing. In 2010, he received the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and was cited as ‘the dean of arts and entertainment journalists’.

Clarence Waldron was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 25, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Waldron's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron describes his birth mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron describes his birth mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron describes his birth father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron describes his relationship with his biological brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron describes his foster parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron talks about his foster parents' move to East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron talks about his relationship with his foster sister, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron talks about his relationship with his foster sister, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron talks about his relationship with his nephew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron describes his foster siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron recalls his admiration of Dionne Warwick
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron describes his foster siblings' influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron remembers interviewing Dionne Warwick for The Black Collegian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron remembers his interview with Amiri Baraka
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron recalls his neighborhood in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Clarence Waldron remembers the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Clarence Waldron recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Clarence Waldron talks about his bond with his foster family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron recalls the influence of his first African American teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron remembers the white flight from East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron recalls his start as a journalist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron recalls his start as a journalist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron remembers enrolling at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron talks about A Better Chance program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron recalls his relatives' support for his studies at the Darrow School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron describes his experiences at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron recalls his challenges at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron remembers meeting his birth mother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron describes his social life at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron describes his experiences of discrimination at the Darrow School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron remembers his high school graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron remembers his summer internship at Columbia Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron recalls his internship at 'The MacNeil/Lehrer Report'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron talks about the writers who influenced him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron describes his internship at Money magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron remembers writing for The Black Collegian
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Clarence Waldron describes the success of his interview with Dionne Warwick
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron describes the impact of his interview with Dionne Warwick
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron recalls his admission into the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron recalls his aspiration to become a cultural affairs journalist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron recalls his mentors at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron talks about his time at The Press of Atlantic City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron remembers interviewing for a position at the Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron recalls his first story for Jet magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron describes the daily routine at the Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron remembers his stories in Jet magazine during the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron talks about his interview with Anita Baker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Clarence Waldron remembers his interview with Whitney Houston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron describes the work environment at the Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon John H. Johnson's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron recalls his favorite celebrity interviews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron remembers his most challenging interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron talks about Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron remembers interviewing Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron describes the responses to his stories in Jet magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron talks about the journalist community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron talks about his favorite interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron remembers meeting President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Clarence Waldron recalls his interview with Tony Bennett
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Clarence Waldron talks about his coverage of Jennifer Hudson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Clarence Waldron remember being honored by the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Clarence Waldron talks about his recognition as a journalist
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Clarence Waldron remembers teaching at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon his influences at the Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon the changes in the field of journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Clarence Waldron describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Clarence Waldron reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Clarence Waldron narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Clarence Waldron narrates his photographs, pt. 2