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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1965
Birth Location:
Fort Knox, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1965
Birth Location:
Fort Knox
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Biography

Writer and journalist Dana Canedy was born and raised near Fort Knox, Kentucky. Although she was the daughter of a military family, Canedy knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. After being the first in her family to graduate from high school, Canedy went on to receive her B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, she volunteered for internships and phoned publications in order to see if she could work for free. In her junior year of college, Canedy received an internship from the Wall Street Journal.

Upon graduation, Canedy was hired as a police beat reporter at the West Palm Beach Post, where she worked for one year. Not happy with her position, she left the West Palm Beach Post and went to work for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where she was a reporter from 1988 until 1996. Then, in 1996, Canedy was hired as a reporter for the New York Times, where she covered stories ranging from race relations to spending time with a murderer in order to learn how and why he killed. Canedy also worked as a national correspondent and as bureau chief for Florida. In 2001, she was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for "How Race Is Lived in America," a series on race relations in the United States. In 2006, Canedy was promoted to senior editor at the New York Times in charge of newsroom recruiting and hiring, newsroom staff training, and career development.

Canedy authored the New York Times best-selling memoir A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, which was published in 2008. It tells the story of Canedy's fiancé, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, who died as the result of the detonation of an improvised explosive device (I.E.D.) during the war in Iraq. Canady now lives with her son Jordan in New York City.

Dana Canedy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 12, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dana Canedy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy remembers her community in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dana Canedy describes her family's household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dana Canedy remembers Mudge Elementary School in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dana Canedy talks about growing up on a military base
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dana Canedy remembers her chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy talks about her father's infidelity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy talks about her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy describes her parents' values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy recalls moving to Radcliff, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy remembers North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy remembers her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy talks about her early interest in writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy recalls her start at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dana Canedy remembers her newspaper internships
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dana Canedy remembers her internship at The Wall Street Journal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dana Canedy talks about her African American peers at the University of Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dana Canedy describes her passion for journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Dana Canedy remembers her internship at The Wall Street Journal, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy remembers securing her first full-time reporting position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy describes her experiences as a police reporter for The Palm Beach Post
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy recalls her decision to leave The Palm Beach Post
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy describes the work environment at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy talks about her reporting experiences at The Plain Dealer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy remembers the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy recalls the news stories she covered at The Plain Dealer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy talks about the role of emotions and objectivity in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dana Canedy talks about her aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dana Canedy remembers being offered a position at The New York Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dana Canedy talks about the apprenticeship program at The New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy talks about the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy talks about her training at The New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy talks about The New York Times organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy describes The New York Times' role in the news industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy talks about her relationship with Gregory L. Moore
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy remembers meeting Charles M. King
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy describes her decision to have a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy talks about Charles M. King's career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dana Canedy reflects upon her relationship with Charles M. King
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy reflects upon the role of religion in her relationship with Charles M. King
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy talks about Charles M. King's journal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy remembers Charles M. King's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy remembers her decision to write about Charles M. King's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy remembers reading Charles M. King's journal for the first time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy talks about the process of writing 'A Journal For Jordan'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy talks about her son, Jordan King, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy talks about her son, Jordan King, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy reflects upon her life after Charles M. King's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy reflects upon her memories of Charles M. King
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy remembers her first position at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy remembers the impetus for 'How Race Is Lived in America'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy describe her work on 'How Race Is Lived in America'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy recalls her professional growth after the publication of 'How Race Is Lived in America'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy describes her experiences as chief of The New York Times' Florida bureau
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dana Canedy describes her role as assignment editor on the national desk of The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dana Canedy describes her responsibilities as a senior editor at The New York Times
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dana Canedy talks about the future of journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dana Canedy talks about the impact of digital technology on journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dana Canedy describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dana Canedy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dana Canedy reflects upon the legacy of her generation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dana Canedy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dana Canedy describes how she would like to be remembered