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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Sashimi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Home
Favorite Quote:
Nothing To It But To Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/4/1958
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Sashimi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Home
Favorite Quote:
Nothing To It But To Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/4/1958
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Journalism Professor Dori Maynard was born on May 4, 1958 in New York, New York. She was raised by her father, Robert C. Maynard and step-mother, Nancy Hicks Maynard. In 1977, Maynard’s parents founded the Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training journalists of color and improving diversity in the media. They became the first African American owners of a major metropolitan newspaper when they bought The Oakland Tribune in 1984. Maynard attended Middlebury College and graduated with her B.A. degree in American history. After graduation she worked for The Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, and the Detroit Free Press. In 1992, Maynard was awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. Maynard and her father were the first father-daughter duo to have received this award. Maynard specialized in researching public policy and poverty. When her father passed away in 1993, Maynard began work on Letters to My Children, a compilation of nationally syndicated columns written by her father with introductions written by Maynard. The book was published in 1995.

In 1994, Maynard began working at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, renamed after Robert Maynard’s death. Maynard worked on the Fault Lines project, a concept her father had originated, which later became the Institute's organizing principle for diversity initiatives. Maynard also began work on the History Project, a groundbreaking archive documenting and preserving the stories of African American journalists who integrated mainstream media in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2001, Maynard was appointed president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute and she received the “Fellow of Society” award from the Society of Professional Journalists that same year. In 2004, Maynard was named one of the “10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area” by CityFlight Media Network. Maynard has written many articles dealing with issues of race and diversity in the media. She has also written on her attempts to live on the "fault lines" in her daily life.

Maynard died of lung cancer on February 24, 2015, at the age of 56.

Dori Maynard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 9, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dori Maynard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard talks about the beginning of her father's writing career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard talks about how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard talks about her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dori Maynard talks about her father's career trajectory, and her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dori Maynard talks about her parents' divorce and their relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dori Maynard discusses her father's journalism career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard talks about Robert Maynard's description of the Watergate Scandal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard talks about her siblings and her father's marriage to Nancy Hicks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard discusses her father's founding of the Institute for Journalism Education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard talks about her father and the Oakland Tribune
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard talks about the Oakland Firestorm of 1991
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard talks about the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dori Maynard talks about her mother buying a house, and her childhood neighborhood in Fort Greene, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dori Maynard describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dori Maynard talks about her interests as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dori Maynard discusses her early exposure to news and world events
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard talks about her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard talks about living in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard discusses her experience in high school in Washington, D.C., and her interest in Watergate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard talks about leaving high school before she graduated and her decision to go to Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard talks about traveling through Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard talks about her decision to attend Middlebury College, and challenges she faced while traveling around Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard talks about moving to Middlebury, Vermont and choosing a career in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dori Maynard talks about the theme of her writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dori Maynard talks about her experience at Middlebury College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dori Maynard describes her experience at Middlebury College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard talks about her father, Robert Maynard's, ascendance in the media and political circles, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard talks about her father, Robert Maynard's, ascendance in the media and political circles, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard talks about the beginning of her journalism career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard talks about her life in Bakersfield, California and working as a journalist there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard discusses her work at The Patriot Ledger
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard talks about her father's diagnosis with prostate cancer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard talks about her father's illness
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dori Maynard describes her experience in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dori Maynard describes her experience in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dori Maynard describes the stories that she wrote while working for the 'Detroit Free Press'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard talks about her Nieman Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard talks about her father's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard talks about Fault Lines, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard talks about Fault Lines, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard describes the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism and the use of technology in the media, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard describes the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism and the use of technology in the media, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard describes her writings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dori Maynard talks about the Chauncey Bailey Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dori Maynard talks about her husband's and stepmother's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dori Maynard discusses her experience with racial bias, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dori Maynard discusses her experience with racial bias, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dori Maynard talks about 'America's Wire'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dori Maynard describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dori Maynard reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dori Maynard talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dori Maynard talks about how would like to be remembered