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Eunice Trotter

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Have A Hammer, Use A Shoe.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1953
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Have A Hammer, Use A Shoe.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1953
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

Newspaper owner and nonprofit chief executive Eunice Trotter received her A.S. degree in journalism from Indiana University-Southeast in 1976 and her B.S. degree in journalism in 1981. Trotter returned to school at Webster International University and graduated from there in 2002 with her M.B.A. degree.

Trotter was the first African American woman to serve as an editor for the Indianapolis Star, the largest daily paper in the State of Indiana. She purchased the Indianapolis Recorder in 1987 and served as editor-in-chief and publisher until 1991. Trotter also worked as a reporter for the Stockton Record and the New York Post. She has held several other editorial positions, including zones editor for Florida Today, associate editor at The News-Sentinel, and courts editor with The Palm Beach Post. In 2005, Trotter founded Mary Bateman Clark Enterprises, where she has worked to incorporate the history of African Americans in Indiana into mainstream U.S. history. She became a communications specialist for American Senior Communities in 2011.

Trotter served on the Board of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. In addition to numerous other awards, she was recognized for her professional accomplishments by the Indianapolis, Indiana Chapter of the Young Women’s Christian Association with their Salute to Women of Achievement Award.

Trotter is working on publishing a book, Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Color and Courage.

Eunice Trotter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eunice Trotter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter talks about her mother's experiences in Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter talks about Mary Bateman Clark's lawsuit against indentured servitude, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter talks about Mary Bateman Clark's lawsuit against indentured servitude, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter talks about the Harrison family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon the legacy of Mary Bateman Clark
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter talks about her father's black separatist views
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter describes her community in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter talks about the history of Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter talks about the impact of racism on memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter talks about her father's alcoholism and her work to support the family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Eunice Trotter describes the black community in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Eunice Trotter talks about her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter talks about her religious affiliation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter remembers John Hope School 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter talks about her father's knowledge of Mary Bethune Clark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter talks about her biggest influences at John Hope School 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter remembers her childhood asthma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter talks about her family's involvement in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter remembers household entertainment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter describes her schooling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter recalls the challenges of moving to a new school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Eunice Trotter remembers the Klu Klux Klan and the Black Panthers recruitment at her high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Eunice Trotter remembers her teachers at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Eunice Trotter remembers her mother's work in domestic service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter remembers her Teen Talk gossip column
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter talks about her decision to become a writer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter recalls running for the high school track team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter remembers singing with the Soulettes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter recalls meeting her first husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter talks about The Invaders youth organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter remembers Robert F. Kennedy's speech after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter recalls her graduation from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter remembers securing a reporting positon at the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Eunice Trotter talks about her interest in covering crime
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter remembers her work as a crime reporter for the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter remembers her start at the Indianapolis Star
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter talks about her experience working with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter remembers Reginald Bishop
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter remembers the early meetings of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter remembers Martin Center College in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter describes how she became the owner of the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon her decision to return to the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter talks about her tenure as the owner of the Indianapolis Recorder, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter talks about her tenure as the owner of the Indianapolis Recorder, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter recalls her decision to sell the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter describes her philosophy of journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter talks about her freelance journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter remembers the O.J. Simpson verdict
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter talks about her articles in the New York Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter remembers joining the staff of Florida Today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter talks about the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter recalls covering the Burmese population in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter remembers becoming the editor of the Indianapolis Star
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon the state of journalism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon the state of journalism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter talks about her favorite newspapers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter talks about the need for a multicultural news portal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter talks about the consolidation of journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter describes her oral history project, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Eunice Trotter describes her oral history project, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Eunice Trotter talks about the Mary Bateman Clark Project
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Eunice Trotter talks about the founding of the Indianapolis Recorder
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Eunice Trotter reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Eunice Trotter describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Eunice Trotter talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Eunice Trotter talks about her amateur bowling career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Eunice Trotter describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Eunice Trotter narrates her photographs