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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
If First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1953
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
If First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1953
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist George Gregory White was born on December 3, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan, to Edna and George Bernard White. White was an accomplished student, and his teachers observed his journalistic skills at an early age. He received a scholarship to attend Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where he graduated with honors with his B.S. degree in journalism and history in 1975. He eventually obtained his M.A. degree in African history in 1981, also from Michigan State University.

White’s first job was at the Minneapolis Tribune from 1975 to 1979. After obtaining his M.A. degree, White worked as a regional correspondent with the Detroit Bureau of U.S. News & World Report from 1982 to 1984. In 1984, White began working for the Detroit Free Press as a reporter and columnist. In 1988, White applied and began working as a reporter and special projects editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he would remain until 1999.

While working for the Los Angeles Times, White’s profile rose considerably in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. White received a Pulitzer Prize alongside the rest of the L.A. Times team for their coverage. White was honored with an “Outstanding Dedication” citation from the Los Angeles Press Club. In 1994, White was again the recipient of a Pulitzer for his reporting on the Northridge, California Earthquake of that year. In 1995, White also profiled sweatshop slavery in El Monte, California.

From 1992 to 1994, White served as chairman of the Unity Media Access Project, a media education program in Southern California that was cosponsored by the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, the California Chicano News Media Association and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. In 1993, White received a Unity Award from the Black Journalists Association for his work in the field of community outreach. White has served on the diversity committee and the international news committee of American Society of Newspaper Editors, and was co-chair of the Committee on Diversity at the Los Angeles Times from 1992 to 1994. White is assistant director of UCLA’s Center for Communications and Community. He is also the editor of Context, a journal on media and communities, as well as C3 Online, which reports on communications and community development.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George White's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George White lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George White talks about his parents, Edna Finney White and George White
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George White describes his father's childhood on his family's farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George White describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George White describes his immediate family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George White describes his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George White describes his family's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George White describes World War II's impact on Detroit's economy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George White lists the Detroit neighborhoods where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George White describes his childhood neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George White recalls his family's perception of politics in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George White remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George White remembers Detroit's Beaubien Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George White recalls briefly attending Cass Technical High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George White recalls his interest in writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George White recalls notable alumni of Samuel C. Mumford High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George White recalls demanding African American studies in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George White recalls his musical interests at Samuel C. Mumford High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George White explains his decision to attend Michigan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George White remembers meeting Robert Green at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George White recalls writing for Michigan State University's State News
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George White explains why he majored in journalism and African studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George White remembers becoming editor of the Grapevine Journal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George White describes campus life at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George White remembers his internship at The New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George White recalls interning at The New York Times and The Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George White recalls joining the staff of the Minneapolis Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George White describes his assignments at the Minneapolis Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George White recalls covering a rebellion on the Red Lake Reservation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George White recalls covering a rebellion at the Red Lake Reservation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George White recalls earning his master's degree at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George White remembers working for U.S. News and World Report
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George White recalls being hired by the Detroit Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George White describes his job at the Detroit Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George White remembers joining the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George White describes working for the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George White describes the racial demographics of the Los Angeles Times staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George White recalls topics he covered for the Los Angeles Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George White recalls writing on international trade for the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George White remembers the Los Angeles Times' coverage of the riots of 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George White remembers meeting Vernon Jarrett
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George White remembers forming a diversity committee at the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George White recalls the creation of the UNITY Media Access Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George White recalls being assigned to cover the retail beat
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George White remembers covering the Carole Little murders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George White describes the details of the Carole Little murders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George White recalls how his Carole Little story led to further success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating for George White's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - George White remembers his marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - George White recalls receiving a lead on a slave ring in the apparel industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - George White remembers the raid on a slave ring in El Monte, California
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - George White explains the details of the El Monte slave ring
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - George White recalls public responses to the El Monte slave ring
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - George White reflects upon his accomplishments at the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - George White recalls considering becoming a self-employed media consultant
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - George White recalls leaving the Los Angeles Times
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - George White describes his work at the University of Southern California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - George White describes the University of California's Center for Communications and Community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - George White recalls being hired by the Center for Communications and Community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - George White describes his work with the Center for Communications and Community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - George White recalls organizing a forum on Los Angeles gang violence, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - George White recalls organizing a forum on Los Angeles gang violence, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - George White recalls his audit of racial discrimination in media coverage
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - George White remembers the creating a new media outlet in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - George White explains the impact of the Internet upon community based media
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - George White describes a featured article on the Center for Communications and Community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - George White reflects upon his career