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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Challenges are opportunities in disguise

Birthplace

Born:
12/22/1955
Birth Location:
Henderson, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Challenges are opportunities in disguise

Birthplace

Born:
12/22/1955
Birth Location:
Henderson
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Biography

Media executive and consultant Drew Berry was born on December 22, 1955 in Henderson, Texas. He grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his B.S. degree in radio, television and film in 1978.

Upon graduation, Berry was hired at WVUE-TV Austin, Texas, an ABC Affiliate. He was then hired by two more ABC-TV affiliates in both San Antonio, Texas and then New Orleans, Louisiana before joining CNN in its infancy. After a short stint at CNN, in 1980 he was lured to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to produce two of its number-one rated newscasts. In 1987, he was promoted within the same company to producer and then executive producer at WABC-TV in New York City.

Berry took an opportunity to return to Philadelphia in 1990 in management for WCAU-TV, a CBS television station. After a few months as assistant news director he was promoted to run the entire news department as news director, where he earned two Emmys for “Outstanding Newscasts” from the Mid-Atlantic National Association for Television Arts and Sciences and where his team elevated the station’s newscast to a solid number two in ratings. In 1994, Berry returned to Dallas, Texas, where he became assistant news director at WFAA-TV, the top-rated station in Dallas. It was there that Berry led a thirty-two-person remote on-site team covering the bombing in Oklahoma City of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

In 1997, Berry was hired as station manager and news director of WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. Berry was named vice president and general manager in 2000. In 2007, he left the station to teach media management at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University, and also became founding president and CEO of Drew Berry & Associates, LLC, a media and consulting agency.

Berry is an active community leader. He has held positions on many business and community service boards and committees including the Comcast/NBC Diversity Council, Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Business Council, the Signal 13 Foundation, Associated Black Charities, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Enoch Pratt Library System, the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, the Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Heath. As a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Berry has served on the finance committee, as consultant, and as interim executive director in 2009, and is credited with a one-million dollar positive revenue turnaround for NABJ in just nine months.

Berry was recognized with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in 2002 for excellence in broadcasting, and the Congressional Achievement Award in 2004 for business achievement. He received the President’s Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2009 and 2010.

Berry is married to Brenda Fowler-Berry, a chemical engineer. They have three children: Andrea, Adam and Andrew.

Drew Berry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 4, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Drew Berry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Drew Berry talks about his maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Drew Berry talks about segregation in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Drew Berry describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Drew Berry talks about growing up in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Drew Berry talks about his paternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Drew Berry talks about his grandfather, Calvin Charles Berry, Sr., the Presiding Bishop of Church of the Living God
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Drew Berry talks about his father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Drew Berry talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Drew Berry describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Drew Berry talks about his father's military service in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Drew Berry describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Drew Berry talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Drew Berry talks about growing up in Oak Cliff, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Drew Berry describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Drew Berry remembers growing up as the son of a minister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Drew Berry talks about his love of the Dallas Cowboys as well as the game of football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Drew Berry talks about grade school and his memory of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Drew Berry describes how television news reporting changed after John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Drew Berry talks about how he was raised affects his parenting philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Drew Berry talks about his experiences in school and an influential mentor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Drew Berry describes his interest in films and filmmaking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Drew Berry talks about Iola Johnson, the first African American female anchor in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Drew Berry talks about the effects of the 1973 oil crisis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Drew Berry talks about U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and other notable Texan politicians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Drew Berry talks about his father's conservative attitude toward the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Drew Berry talks about his decision to attend the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Drew Berry talks about the academic challenges he faced at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Drew Berry talks about working to finance his undergraduate education and working as a reporter/trainee at KVUE, an ABC-TV affiliate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Drew Berry talks about the training he received at KVUE as a reporter/trainee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Drew Berry talks about working as a producer at KVUE in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Drew Berry talks about learning production at KVUE in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Drew Berry talks about his decision to go to KSAT-TV in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Drew Berry describes being recruited by WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Drew Berry talks about learning a critical lesson in management while at WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Drew Berry talks about learning a critical lesson in management while at WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Drew Berry talks about turning down a job offer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to work at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Drew Berry talks about working at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia in the early years of cable TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Drew Berry describes his decision to join WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Drew Berry remembers working with anchor Jim Gardner of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Drew Berry talks about being promoted to work as a producer at WABC-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Drew Berry talks about what he learned at WABC-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Drew Berry describes his working at ABC when union cuts affected the employee workforce and the newsroom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Drew Martin talks about being promoted to news director and winning two Emmy Awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Drew Berry describes the network's strategy around sweeps programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Drew Berry talks about how sweeps can result in improved news coverage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Drew Berry describes the Nielsen Rating System and consumer sampling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Drew Berry talks about the Emmy Awards he received at WCAU-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Drew Berry talks about WCAU-TV's consumer investigative reporting unit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Drew Berry talks about the ingredients of WCAU-TV's success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Drew Berry talks about the MOVE organization and the mistake made in coverage by WCAU-TV's Action News