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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food Italian Food Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Copy That.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1953
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food Italian Food Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Copy That.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1953
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Clarice Tinsley was born on December 31, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Janet and Clarence Tinsley. She attended Beaubien Junior High School and Samuel C. Mumford High School. Tinsley graduated from Wayne State University with her B.A. degree in radio, television and film.

From 1975 to 1978, Tinsley worked for WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she started as a general assignment reporter, and later became co-anchor of the weekday noon news as well as producer and co-host of two monthly public affairs shows. In 1978, Tinsley was hired as an anchor for the ten o'clock news at KDFW-TV, where she became the longest-serving news anchor in the Dallas/Fort Worth television market. Tinsley has covered a number of major events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Operation Desert Storm, and Hurricane Alicia. In 1995, she established “Clarice’s Hometown Heroes,” a weekly KDFW franchise show that salutes volunteers in North Texas. Tinsley has also appeared as a news anchor or reporter in several Dallas-based television productions, including The Good Guys, Prison Break, Walker, Texas Ranger and Wishbone.

Tinsley has received the George Foster Peabody Award, a DuPont-Columbia Citation, two Emmy Awards, three Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, and two Awards of Excellence from American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored with the Best Investigative Reporting Award from Texas Associated Press, the Texas Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting, the Journalistic Award for Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Director's Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Asante Award from the Dallas Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists, the Dallas Historical Society Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in the Creative Arts, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award from the National Council of Negro Women, and the inaugural “High Tea with High Heels” Award, among others. She was also inducted into the Lone Star Emmy Chapter's Silver Circle.

Tinsley is a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas and SLANT. She is an Advisory Board Member of St. Philip's School in South Dallas, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Journalism at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the YET Board of Directors and chairs the YET Communications and Public Relations Committee. Tinsley was a member of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee's Board of Directors and was Chair of the Super Bowl XLV Communications Action Team. She has been named a 2014 Style Council Ambassador for DIFFA/Dallas.

Clarice Tinsley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley describes her maternal grandmother's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley describes her great aunt's music venue in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley describes her mother's upbringing in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her mother's teaching career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her parents' South African pen pal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clarice Tinsley recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clarice Tinsley describes her parents' personalities and professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley remembers being hit by a car as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley recalls the development of her interest in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley remembers the television coverage of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley describes her early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley remembers the riots of 1967 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clarice Tinsley remembers the major events of 1968 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clarice Tinsley recalls the Motown Records scene in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley describes her early education in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley recalls her early interest in broadcast journalism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley describes her teenage social group
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley recalls her journalism studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley recalls her journalism studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley talks about 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley recalls her early interest in broadcast journalism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Clarice Tinsley recalls being hired at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Clarice Tinsley remembers her introduction to the WITI-TV newsroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Clarice Tinsley describes memorable news stories she covered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clarice Tinsley describes memorable news stories she covered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clarice Tinsley recalls joining the ten o'clock news team at KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley describes her early reporting at KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley remembers her experiences in Kuwait
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley recalls her coverage of the Air Canada Flight 797 accident
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley recalls covering Hurricane Alicia in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley describes her investigative news story, 'A Call for Help,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley describes her investigative news story, 'A Call for Help,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley recalls meeting her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clarice Tinsley describes her coverage of the drug trade between Mexico and Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clarice Tinsley remembers reporting on the Challenger disaster
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley talks about the political news coverage in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley describes the network affiliation of KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley describes her weekly segment, 'Clarice's Hometown Heroes'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley remembers the death of her father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley talks about the African American broadcast journalists in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley describes the television news market in the Dallas, Texas area
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley talks about covering tragic news stories
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clarice Tinsley remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clarice Tinsley talks about the FBI Citizens Academy class in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clarice Tinsley describes her grieving process after September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clarice Tinsley recalls covering the special agent training at Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Clarice Tinsley describes her appearances on television programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Clarice Tinsley describes the social media satire, 'Fox 4 Goes Social'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her coverage of celebrities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Clarice Tinsley talks about radio personality Tom Joyner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Clarice Tinsley shares her advice to aspiring journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Clarice Tinsley reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Clarice Tinsley describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Clarice Tinsley reflects upon her legacy and journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Clarice Tinsley talks about her community engagement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Clarice Tinsley describes how she would like to be remembered