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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1947
Birth Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1947
Birth Location:
Charlotte
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Biography

Successful publisher Gerald Oren Johnson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2, 1947, to Willie L. Johnson and Thomasina Johnson. He graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1965 and went on to earn a B.A. in mathematics from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1969 and an M.A. in mathematics from Villanova University in 1972.

From 1969 until 1973, Johnson worked as a programmer for Univac Sperry Rand. From 1969 to 1973 he taught mathematics and computer science and directed the Computer Center at Johnson C. Smith University. In 1978, he began working for Bank of America as a programmer and was promoted to vice president. In 1986, Johnson became CEO and publisher of The Charlotte Post and chairman of the Consolidated Media Group.

Johnson has many civic and community affiliations. He has also received numerous
awards and honors for his contributions to the city of Charlotte. He has served as a member of the Mechanics and Farmers Advisory Board, the First Ward Community Reinvestment Board, and the Goodwill Industries Board. He has been an active participant in the Community Building Initiative, the Arts and Science Council, the Charlotte Chamber's Minority Business Leader Institute, "CHARLOTTE READS" leadership committee, and Partners For School Reform. He has also been co-chairman of the Finance Committee of the New Arena Committee, first vice president and publicity committee chairman of Theater Charlotte, and secretary and second vice president of the Discovery Place Board.

Johnson is a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and has two daughters, Tania and Patrice, both living in North Carolina, and one grandson.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gerald Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gerald Johnson describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gerald Johnson talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gerald Johnson shares the story of how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gerald Johnson talks about the black migration to Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gerald Johnson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gerald Johnson describes his childhood house
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gerald Johnson talks about the black community in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gerald Johnson talks about his father's involvement in black newspapers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gerald Johnson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gerald Johnson remembers his school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Gerald Johnson recalls his favorite teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gerald Johnson describes attending West Charlotte Senior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gerald Johnson recalls his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gerald Johnson describes attending Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gerald Johnson talks about his professors at Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gerald Johnson remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gerald Johnson talks about cultural shifts in the 1960s and the lack of black papers on campus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gerald Johnson describes computer programming at UNIVAC Sperry Rand in 1969
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gerald Johnson talks about earning his Master's degree at Villanova University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gerald Johnson talks about his early career and moving back to Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gerald Johnson talks about working at Johnson C. Smith University and Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gerald Johnson describes his father's editorial style of "The Charlotte Post" in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gerald Johnson explains his involvement with "The Charlotte Post"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gerald Johnson talks about changing the philosophy of "The Charlotte Post"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gerald Johnson describes the management of "The Charlotte Post"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gerald Johnson describes his approach to news coverage at "The Charlotte Post"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gerald Johnson describes covering the black community at "The Charlotte Post"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gerald Johnson talks about police misconduct and the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gerald Johnson talks about covering racial conflict between African Americans and Hispanics in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gerald Johnson describes the reaction and impact of covering race relations between African Americans and Hispanics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gerald Johnson talks about the problems with schools and housing in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gerald Johnson describes the quality of life in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gerald Johnson describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gerald Johnson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gerald Johnson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gerald Johnson narrates his photographs