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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1936
Birth Location:
Asheville, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1936
Birth Location:
Asheville
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Biography

Newspaper manager Frederick Fenton Hunter was born on June 15, 1936 in Asheville, North Carolina to Marjorie and Ray Hunter. Hunter’s parents divorced, and the family moved to Evanston, Illinois when he was eight. Hunter was an outstanding athlete at Evanston Township High School, where he graduated in 1954. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent three years, mostly stationed in Southern California. After his discharge, he enrolled in Illinois State University, a teaching college in Normal, Illinois. He earned his B.A. degree in social science with a minor in Spanish in 1962.

Hunter took a job teaching in the Chicago Public School System until he began work as a sales representative for the American Oil Company (Amoco) in 1965. In 1969, Hunter was able to secure his own Amoco filling station, which became very successful.

Looking for a new career path, Hunter earned his M.A. degree in public administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Because government jobs during the Reagan Administration of the 1980s were slim, he began working part-time as a newspaper deliveryman for The Chicago Tribune. Hunter’s ethic for hard work was noticed by his superiors, and he was offered a full-time position as a district manager for Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. Over the next few years, Hunter climbed up the managerial ladder, reaching the level of department head in 1990. Eventually, Hunter was promoted to Tribune Corporate Headquarters as the first Director of Diversity Management in 1996, a position he retired from four years later. Hunter mentored dozens of minority employees at The Chicago Tribune and now lives with his wife in South Carolina.

Frederick Hunter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 24, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fred Hunter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fred Hunter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fred Hunter describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fred Hunter describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fred Hunter describe the wealth disparity in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fred Hunter describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fred Hunter describes his father's personality and early occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fred Hunter describes his father's U.S. military career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fred Hunter describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fred Hunter remembers his father's later life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fred Hunter describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fred Hunter describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fred Hunter remembers shopping at department stores in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fred Hunter describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fred Hunter recalls the influence of Jackie Robinson's baseball career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fred Hunter remembers the black football players at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fred Hunter describes the prominent African American families in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fred Hunter recalls the Hill Street School in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fred Hunter describes his mother's reasons for enrolling him at St. Mary's School in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fred Hunter describes his experiences at St. Mary's School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fred Hunter remembers Nichols Junior High School in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fred Hunter recalls the start of the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fred Hunter describes his football career at Evanston Township High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fred Hunter talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fred Hunter remembers the music and entertainment of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Fred Hunter describes his decision to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fred Hunter remembers his time in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fred Hunter describes his decision to become a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fred Hunter describes his experiences at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fred Hunter recalls his teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fred Hunter describes his decision to work for Standard Oil of Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fred Hunter remembers the riots of 1968 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fred Hunter recalls how he acquired a service station from Standard Oil of Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Fred Hunter reflects upon the benefits of business ownership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fred Hunter recalls how he came to work for the Tribune Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fred Hunter describes his career at the Tribune Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fred Hunter shares his advice to businesspeople of color
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fred Hunter remembers his mentorship of younger employees at the Tribune Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fred Hunter talks about his retirement from the Tribune Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fred Hunter describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fred Hunter reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fred Hunter reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Fred Hunter talks about his wife and sons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Fred Hunter describes how he would like to be remembered