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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Syndicated Columnist
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Barbara, California; Cairo, Egypt
Favorite Quote:
Let The Door Hit You Where God Split You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1947
Birth Location:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Syndicated Columnist
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Barbara, California; Cairo, Egypt
Favorite Quote:
Let The Door Hit You Where God Split You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1947
Birth Location:
Tuscaloosa
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Biography

George Edward Curry was born on February 23, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; his mother worked as a domestic and his father was a mechanic. Curry's father abandoned the family when Curry was just seven years old, leaving him to step into the role of the man of the house, assisting his mother in raising his three younger sisters. In 1965, Curry earned his high school diploma from Druid High School, where he was a member of the football team and sports editor of the school newspaper.

In 1966, Curry moved to New York where he worked for The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) for a year. He went on to study at Knoxville College in Tennessee. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Curry began his professional journalism career as a reporter for Sports Illustratedmagazine in 1970; he was the second African American hired by the publication.

After leaving Sports Illustrated in 1972, Curry headed west and worked as a beat reporter for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch until 1983. In 1977, he founded the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop, a training program for aspiring high school journalists; that same year, he wrote his first book Jake Gaither: America’s Most Famous Black Coach. From 1983 until 1989, Curry worked for the Chicago Tribune as a Washington Correspondent, covering political stories such as Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign. From 1989 until 1993, Curry worked as the New York bureau chief of the Tribune. From there, Curry served as editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine until it folded and printed its final edition in 2000; under his leadership the magazine won more than forty national journalism awards.

In 2001, Curry became editor-in-chief for the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, or NNPA, and BlackPressUSA.com; his weekly syndicated column appeared in more than two hundred African American newspapers. While at NNPA, Curry’s work has included covering the Supreme Court’s decision on the University of Michigan’s affirmative action case and America’s war with Iraq.

In 2003, Curry was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists; he is also on NABJ’s list of Most Influential Black Journalists of the 20th Century.

George Curry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 27, 2004.

Curry passed away on August 22, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George Curry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George Curry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George Curry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George Curry describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Curry shares his memories of his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George Curry talks about his maternal grandmother, Sylvia Harris
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George Curry talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Curry shares his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Curry recalls his childhood experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Curry talks about his siblings and his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - George Curry describes his childhood role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Curry describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Curry talks about his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Curry talks about the importance of his stepfather, William Polk, on his intellectual development
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Curry describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Curry describes his experience with racism in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Curry describes his childhood ambitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Curry describes his experience at Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Curry describes his experience at Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Curry describes his personality in high school and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Curry talks about his pastor and meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Curry describes his childhood experience with church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Curry describes working to raise money for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Curry describes his experience at Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Curry describes his experience at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Curry talks about working for the newspaper at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Curry describes his football experiences at Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George Curry describes his interest in journalism at Knoxville College, in Knoxville, Tennessee and being hired by Sports Illustrated in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George Curry describes his experience at Sports Illustrated magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - George Curry describes his experience writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - George Curry describes his sisters' reactions to his success as a journalist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Curry describes his sisters' reactions to his success as a journalist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Curry describes the founding of the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop in 1977
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Curry describes leaving the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to write for the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Curry recalls becoming editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine in 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Curry recalls publishing the story of Kemba Smith at Emerge magazine in 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Curry describes the publication of Lori S. Robinson's story "Rape of a Spelman Coed" in Emerge magazine in 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Curry talks about Emerge magazine's cover depictions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George Curry describes the end of Emerge magazine and its replacement, Savoy magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Curry talks about his plans for the future of Emerge magazine and his books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Curry talks about being editor-in-chief for the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Curry reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Curry shares his advice for young African American journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Curry reflects on his choice to become a journalist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Curry reflects on how he would like to be remembered and his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Curry narrates his photographs