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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best You Can Be.

Birthplace

Born:
3/18/1967
Birth Location:
Brooklyn, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best You Can Be.

Birthplace

Born:
3/18/1967
Birth Location:
Brooklyn
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Biography

Journalist Ernie Suggs was born in 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. He entered into college at North Carolina Central University in 1985, where he was editor and chief and sports editor for the college’s award winning newspaper, The Campus Echo , and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 1990, with his B.A. degree in English Literature.

In 1990, Suggs was awarded an internship by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) to work for Gannett Newspapers based in White Plains, New York. He returned to Durham, North Carolina in 1992, as a writer for The Herald-Sun . In 1996, Suggs was awarded a fellowship from the Education Writers Association, which culminated in his seventeen piece series Fighting to Survive: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Face the 21st Century . He went on to become a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1997, where he covered politics, civil rights and race. In 2001, Suggs authored the Aetna African American History Calendar, which was focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Suggs’ series on HBCUs was the most in-depth newspaper examination of the topic ever undertaken, and was recognized for many awards: Journalist of the Year from the American Association of University Professors; First Place, Salute to Excellence Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists; Journalist of the Year from the North Carolina Black Publishers Association; Journalist of the Year from the North Carolina Press Association; and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2002, he was named director of Region IV of the NABJ, and became vice-president of the organization in 2005. Suggs was chosen for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2008, and in 2009, he joined the Nieman Foundation’s board. In 2010, he was the keynote speaker at 61st Annual Honors Convocation at North Carolina Central University; and he was given the Pioneer Black Journalist Award by NABJ in 2013.

Ernie Suggs was interviewed by The History Makers on February 18, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs talks about his maternal grandmother's education at an all-black boarding school in Whitakers, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs describes the people who raised his mother: his maternal grandfather, his great aunt Clarene, and Alice Wells
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs describes his mother's childhood in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ernie Suggs talks about his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ernie Suggs describes his parents' relationship and his similarity to his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ernie Suggs talks about being reunited with his sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs describes his sister's disappearance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs talks about his sister and her upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs reflects upon his childhood neighborhood and his early academic ambitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs talks about growing up in Brooklyn, New York during the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs talks about his early interest in the news and attending P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ernie Suggs talks about his favorite teachers and his favorite subjects in elementary school at P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ernie Suggs describes his interest in comic books and the Marvel Universe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs explains his mother's decision to move to North Carolina in 1979
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs talks about the early New York City hip hop scene
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs talks about his school experiences in North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs talks about taking college prep courses at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs talks about his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs explains the social relations at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina during the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ernie Suggs describes his college application process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ernie Suggs recalls his decision to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ernie Suggs describes HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ernie Suggs talks about his mentors at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs talks about writing for the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Campus Echo, the student newspaper at North Carolina Central University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs explains his English literature major at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs talks about his National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) internship at Gannett Westchester Newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs talks about graduating from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and his post-college job plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs describes working for Gannett Westchester Newspapers in Westchester County, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs explains his responsibilities as a journalist for the Herald Sun in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ernie Suggs recalls the stories he covered as a reporter for the Herald Sun in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ernie Suggs talks about reporting on historically black colleges and universities in the late 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ernie Suggs explains the challenges facing historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ernie Suggs talks about the future of historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs talks about his award-winning series on historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs talks about volunteering at and reporting on the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs talks about North Carolina Central University's sports programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs talks about joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a staff journalist in 1997
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs talks about his membership in the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs talks about stories and individuals he reported on for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ernie Suggs describes the movie industry in Atlanta, Georgia and the opportunities the city offers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ernie Suggs talks about Georgia state and Atlanta city politics in the early 21st century
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ernie Suggs talks about Martin Luther King, III's presidency of the SCLC and the organization's activism in the early 21st century
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ernie Suggs talks about how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy has impacted his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ernie Suggs talks about the controversies surrounding the Martin Luther King, Jr. family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ernie Suggs talks about the legal battles waged by the children of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ernie Suggs talks about the children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and their control over his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ernie Suggs describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ernie Suggs recalls his time at Harvard University as a Nieman Journalism Fellow in 2008
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ernie Suggs talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ernie Suggs reflects upon his legacy