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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/20/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/20/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Journalist Ellis Cose was born on February 20, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Raney and Jetta Cose. He discovered early that he had a distinctive voice as a writer. While a student at Lane Technical High School, his 140-page essay on the 1968 riots piqued the interest of an English teacher who suggested that he submit his essay to Gwendolyn Brooks, then the Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois, who invited him to her writers’ group. At age nineteen, in 1970, Cose became a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, making him the youngest editorial page columnist employed by a major Chicago daily. While working for the Sun-Times, he graduated with his B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1972. Cose then graduated with his M.A. degree in science, technology and public policy from the George Washington University in 1978.

In 1979, Cose became an editorial writer and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. He then received a fellowship with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences in 1981. In 1982, Cose became a special writer for USA Today ; and, in 1983, he began a three-year term as president of the Institute for Journalism Education at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1987, he held a fellowship with the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University in New York City before moving on to the New York Daily News in 1991, where he served as an editorial page editor. In 1993, Cose was hired by Newsweek as a contributing editor where he remained until 2010.

Cose is the author of A Nation of Strangers: Prejudice, Politics and the Populating of America (1992), The Rage of a Privileged Class (1993), Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race In A Race-Obsessed World (2002), The Envy Of The World: On Being a Black Man in America (2002), Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge (2004), and The End of Anger (2011).

Cose lives in New York City with his wife, attorney Lee Llambelis. They have one daughter, Elisa Maria.

Ellis Cose was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 13, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ellis Jonathan Cose's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his mother's education and her move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his mother's family and her occupation before she was married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his father's various jobs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his father's various jobs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ellis Jonathan Cose describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his siblings and their occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about moving into the Henry Horner Housing Projects in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois and its changes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses his favorite activities as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses his experience in elementary school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the encouragement of an elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about selling comic books and homework assignments in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his reading habits in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the role of the church and the Union League Boys Club in his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ellis Jonathan Cose recalls being placed in the wrong track at Mckinley Upper Grade Center in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses the parent and teacher involvement in under-privileged neighborhoods
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses how his schools focused on maintaining order rather than educating
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his awareness of the Civil Rights Movement as a young person
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose remembers the blues music scene on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about learning the piano and playing music with Verdine White
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about entering Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about gangs and rivalry between the Chicago's West Side and South Side
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his first experiences around white people at Lance Tech Prep
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his interest in mathematics in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his attitude towards his English courses in high school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his attitude towards his English courses in high school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about The Chicago Riots of 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about sending his first manuscript on riots in America to Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses his participation in Gwendolyn Brooks' writers' group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses the contents of his first manuscript on riots in America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his mentor, Ronald Fair
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose remembers meeting Sam Greenlee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the novel that he wrote at age seventeen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his decision to become a writer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his teachers, and working during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about dating at Lane Technical College Prep School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about choosing a college to attend
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the historical context of his high school graduation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose describes his mother's concerns and attitudes about the West Side of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about attending the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the 1968 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his discussion with the Chicago Sun-Times and his college publication
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose describes his activities at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about how he started working at the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about how he started working at the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about becoming a weekly columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about becoming the managing editor of the Englewood Bulletin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about being the first black columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about Lu Palmer's departure from The Chicago Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about the Englewood Bulletin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about The Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about why he chose to work for a daily newspaper
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his column at the Chicago Sun-Times and Vernon Jarrett
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about his college graduation and his degree in psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about Dr. Bobby Wright and African Americans in psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about working for the Chicago Sun-Times and his report on Cabrini-Green
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about Lu Palmer and Black Express, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about Lu Palmer and Black Express, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Ellis Jonathan Cose discusses his coverage of Congress from the Washington Bureau
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about covering school desegregation in 1975
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Ellis Jonathan Cose talks about covering President Jimmy Carter's campaign