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E. R. Shipp

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab Cakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1955
Birth Location:
Conyers, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab Cakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1955
Birth Location:
Conyers
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Biography

Journalist E.R. Shipp was born on June 6, 1955 in Conyers, Georgia to Johnnie Will Shipp and Minnie Ola (Moore) Shipp. After her graduation from Rockdale County High School in 1972, Shipp entered Georgia State University. While there, she completed an internship at The Atlanta Journal, the afternoon newspaper that later merged with the Atlanta Constitution. She graduated with her B.A. degree in journalism from Georgia State University in 1976. In 1979, Shipp earned her M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Shipp joined the New York Times as a reporter in 1980. In 1983, she became a Chicago correspondent for the Times, covering education, politics and other topics. Shipp moved back to New York City in 1987, primarily focusing on legal affairs. That same year, she became part of a team assigned to cover the case of Tawana Brawley, an African American teenager who accused several men of raping her. In 1990, Shipp became an editor at the New York Times. In 1993, she left the New York Times to pursue graduate work and teaching at Columbia University. Shipp graduated with her M.A. degree in history from Columbia University in 1994, and then received her J.D. degree from Columbia in 1996.

In 1994, Shipp began writing a column for the New York Daily News. During 1995, Shipp’s columns about affirmative action, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Million Man March and other controversial subjects earned her a 1996 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She remained at the Daily News until 1998, when she became the ombudsman for The Washington Post. She served in that capacity for the Post until 2000. Shipp returned to teaching at Columbia University that year, and resumed her New York Daily News column. In 2005, she became a journalism professor at Hofstra University. From 2011 to 2012, Shipp contributed opinion pieces to The Root, an African American-oriented site owned by The Washington Post Company. Shipp was named an associate professor and journalist-in-residence at Morgan State University in 2012; and, in 2013, she began work as a columnist for The Huffington Post.

Shipp lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

E.R. Shipp was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 27, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of E.R. Shipp's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp talks about the orphanage where her maternal grandfather grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp talks about the NAACP's interest in her grandfather's legal case
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp talks about her grandparents' move to New Jersey and return to Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp talks about her mother's experience in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - E.R. Shipp talks about her grandfather's and father's service in the United States Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - E.R. Shipp talks about her father's commitment to helping others
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - E.R. Shipp talks about her parents' life in Conyers, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp describes her role in taking care of her younger siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp describes her parents' features and personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp describes her maternal grandparents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp remembers her mother hosting the minister for lunch
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp describes her church homecoming, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp describes her church homecoming, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - E.R. Shipp talks about her father's role in founding the J. P. Carr School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - E.R. Shipp talks about her elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - E.R. Shipp reminisces about her supportive elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp remembers the big May Day celebrations at her elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp talks about her mother's experiences at the Ace Hardware factory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp remembers hearing about Dr. King's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp talks about integrating her high school in Rockdale County
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp describes her leadership role in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp describes how a project on President Lincoln taught her about history and racism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp talks about her controversial high school graduation speech
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp talks about disobeying her high school dress code and wearing an afro
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - E.R. Shipp talks about black social life at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp describes joining the women's honor society and her choir
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp remembers taking a difficult stand for First Amendment rights
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp describes a visit from black nationalist Queen Mother Moore to the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp describes how the University of Georgia has changed since her days
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp talks about her friends at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp discusses the lack of faculty and student diversity at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp remembers getting a job as a legal secretary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp talks about her experience at Georgia State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - E.R. Shipp recalls her social and professional life in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - E.R. Shipp recalls her internship with the Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - E.R. Shipp recalls her introduction to courtrooms and legal journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - E.R. Shipp talks about graduate school at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - E.R. Shipp discusses studying journalism and law at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp talks about the Dawson 5 case in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp remembers integrating the Terrell County Courthouse bathroom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp remembers how covering the Dawson 5 case led to her job at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp talks about educating the voters and potential jurors in Dawson, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp talks about researching the jury for the Dawson 5 case in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp talks about the press and the outcome of the Dawson 5 case in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp describes starting work at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp reflects upon her early stories for The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - E.R. Shipp talks about transforming the legal beat for The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - E.R. Shipp talks about the staff diversity at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - E.R. Shipp talks about outcome of race and gender discrimination lawsuits at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - E.R. Shipp remembers covering Mark David Chapman's trial for the murder of John Lennon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - E.R. Shipp describes covering Lennon's assassination and the funeral of Alberta King.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - E.R. Shipp describes her greatest achievement while at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - E.R. Shipp reflects on the lessons she learned from covering "The Phantom of the Opera Murder" case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - E.R. Shipp talks about the importance of her law degree to her journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - E.R. Shipp talks about working in the Atlanta bureau of The New York Times in 1983
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - E.R. Shipp remembers meeting Time Magazine bureau chief Joseph Boyce
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - E.R. Shipp talks about working in the Atlanta bureau of The New York Times in 1983, pt. 2