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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Seasonal Changes
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Promise to Try.

Birthplace

Born:
1/29/1971
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Seasonal Changes
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Promise to Try.

Birthplace

Born:
1/29/1971
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Newspaper publisher Elinor Ruth Tatum was born on January 29, 1971 in New York City, New York to Wilbert and Susan Tatum. Her father was a former publisher and chief executive officer of the New York Amsterdam News. Tatum was raised in New York City and was educated in the City’s primary and secondary schools. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with her B.A. degree in government studies in 1993. Tatum went on to attend Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied international relations until 1994.

Upon returning from Sweden, Tatum joined her father at the New York Amsterdam News, where she accepted a position as assistant to the publisher. In 1996, she was promoted to associate publisher and chief operating officer. Tatum received her M.A. degree in journalism from New York University in 1997, and was promoted to publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York Amsterdam News, becoming one of the youngest publishers in the history of African American press. In 2006, Tatum began producing and co-hosting a weekly segment of Al Sharpton’s weekly radio show “Keep’in It Real.” She has also appeared on WNBC evening news, ARISE, The O'Reilly Factor, 20/20, New York 1, CUNY TV, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. After her father passed away in 2009, Tatum assumed full control of the New York Amsterdam News.

Tatum has held many civic positions and served on numerous community boards, including St. Lawrence University, the New York Urban League, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, the Chinatown YMCA, Manhattan Community Board 3, and the Creative Visions Foundation. She was also the former secretary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Tatum has received many awards including recognition in Who’s Who of American Women; a Doctor Of Humane Letters Honorus Causae from Metropolitan College (New York City); Manhattan Borough Presidents’ Women’s History Month Award; the Public Advocate of New York City Award of Distinction; the Women Who Make A Difference Award; Outstanding Business Empowerment from the New York Chapter of Black Business and Professional Women Award; Standing On their Shoulders Award from the National Action Network, the Good Scout Award, and the Pi Beta Phi’s Members of Distinction Award.

Elinor Tatum was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 11, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Elinor Tatum describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Elinor Tatum talks about her father's start in New York politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Elinor Tatum describes her father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Elinor Tatum talks about her father's experiences in Japan and Sweden
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Elinor Tatum describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Elinor Tatum talks about her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Elinor Tatum describes the block where she grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Elinor Tatum describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Elinor Tatum talks about her parents' work and community activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Elinor Tatum remembers learning from her father that her voice mattered
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Elinor Tatum talks about her father's activism and political career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Elinor Tatum recalls the eclectic mix of people she met as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Elinor Tatum reflects on her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Elinor Tatum reflects on the importance of holidays in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Elinor Tatum describes the privileged culture of the Dwight School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Elinor Tatum recalls two teachers' reactions to her dyslexia at the Dwight School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Elinor Tatum describes overcoming her dyslexia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Elinor Tatum describes her interests in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Elinor Tatum talks about the start of her father's career with the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Elinor Tatum describes her father's changing positions on Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Elinor Tatum talks about navigating her black and Jewish identities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Elinor Tatum remembers a letter she sent to her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Elinor Tatum talks about how she decided to go to St. Lawrence University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Elinor Tatum reminisces about her summers while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Elinor Tatum recalls being invited on a life-changing trip to Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Elinor Tatum talks about diversity at St. Lawrence University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Elinor Tatum talks about leaving for Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Elinor Tatum recounts the achievements of the friends she traveled with
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Elinor Tatum talks about her trip to Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Elinor Tatum talks about experiences at Lincoln University and the New School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Elinor Tatum talks about her life in Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Elinor Tatum talks about starting her career at the 'Amsterdam News' in 1994
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Elinor Tatum talks about practicing journalism in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Elinor Tatum talks about the culture at the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Elinor Tatum talks about the National Newspaper Publishers Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Elinor Tatum talks about her father becoming sole owner of the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Elinor Tatum remembers how she learned about her promotion to Editor-in-Chief of the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Elinor Tatum talks about studying journalism at New York University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Elinor Tatum talks about adopting her father's legacy at the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Elinor Tatum talks about the success of the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Elinor Tatum talks about her transition into Editor-in-Chief at the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Elinor Tatum reflects upon her accomplishments as Editor-in-Chief of the 'Amsterdam News'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Elinor Tatum talks about gentrification in Harlem during her lifetime
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Elinor Tatum talks about the importance of the black press for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Elinor Tatum talks about her political involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Elinor Tatum talks about necessary technological changes in the black press
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Elinor Tatum talks about her mother and motherhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Elinor Tatum describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Elinor Tatum talks about the changes she wants for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Elinor Tatum talks about the significance of her father's generation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Elinor Tatum reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Elinor Tatum reflects upon how she has changed since her childhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Elinor Tatum talks about the legacy of the Obama presidency
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Elinor Tatum narrates her photographs