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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
The Moral Arc Of The Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1946
Birth Location:
Washington, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
The Moral Arc Of The Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1946
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Magazine editor Jack E. White, Jr. was born in 1946 in Washington, North Carolina. His father, Jack White, Sr., was a physician. White was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in 1976 and studied African Affairs and American ethnic politics for one year. Prior to joining the staff at Time magazine, White was a staff writer at the Washington Post from 1966 to 1968, and then at the Race Relations Reporter in Nashville, Tennessee from 1969 to 1972. He also contributed articles to the Columbia Journalism Review, the Progressive, Ebony magazine, and Black Enterprise magazine.

White joined the staff at Time magazine in 1972 as a full-time staff writer where he contributed to the “Modern Living,” “Economy & Business” and “Energy” sections. In his twenty-nine year career with Time magazine, White served as correspondent in Atlanta, Georgia and Boston, Massachusetts; as a senior correspondent and editor of the “Nation” section in New York City; and, as a bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1985, White became the Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine based in Chicago, Illinois. He was named deputy chief of correspondents Time magazine in 1987 where he managed fifty-one correspondents in ten domestic bureaus across the United States. White was the first African American staff-writer, bureau chief, and editor at Time magazine. In 1992, White left his TIME magazine and became a senior producer for domestic news on “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

In May of 1995, White was assigned by Time, Inc.’s Editor-in- chief Normal Pearlstine to recruit minority journalists for all magazines owned by the company, which include TIME, People, Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated for Kids, In Style and Martha Stewart’s Living. He retired from Time magazine in 2001 and became a frequent contributor to The Root. White has also served as a writer-in-residence at the Howard University School of Journalism and as an adjust professor of journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was the co-author, with Bari-Ellen Roberts, of Roberts vs. Texaco: A True Story of Race and Corporate America (1998). In 2005, White left his position as the Scripps Howard Endowed Chair at the Hampton University School of Communications.

White has won many journalism awards, including the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and the Unity Award from Lincoln University (Missouri). In 1995, Time, Inc.’s in-house newsletter recognized White as the best writer at any of the country’s magazines. In 1999, the National Association of Black Journalists selected hum as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Journalists of the Twentieth Century.

Jack E. White, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 28, 2013

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jack White lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jack White describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jack White talks about his maternal grandfather's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jack White describes his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jack White describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jack White talks about his father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jack White describes his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jack White recalls his father's relationship with Charles R. Drew, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jack White describes his father's career at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jack White describes his father's relationship with Charles R. Drew, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jack White remembers his father's colleagues at the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jack White describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jack White lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jack White describes his father's medical career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jack White recalls his father's cancer diagnosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jack White remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers his early childhood years in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jack White recalls his family's move to Northeast Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jack White recalls the integration of the District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jack White describes his community in Northeast Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jack White describes his memories of Wonder Bread, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jack White describes his memories of Wonder Bread, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jack White recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers his violin lessons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jack White describes his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jack White remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jack White recalls his introduction to African American authors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers his family's trips to the segregated South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jack White remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jack White remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jack White describes his teenage personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers his high school trigonometry class
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jack White describes his classmates at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jack White remembers his civil rights activism in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jack White remembers being hired as a copy boy at The Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jack White recalls the mentorship of Robert C. Maynard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jack White remembers covering H. Rap Brown's speech in Cambridge, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jack White recalls his promotion to reporter at The Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jack White remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jack White recalls the start of the riots of 1968 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jack White describes the impact of the riots of 1968 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jack White talks about the rhetoric of the riots of 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jack White remembers his work for TransCentury Limited
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jack White remembers reporting on the moon landing for the Richmond Afro-American
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers joining the Race Relations Information Center in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jack White remembers joining the staff of Time magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jack White recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Media Workers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jack White recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Media Workers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jack White describes his friendship with Earl Caldwell
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jack White remembers his introduction to the Time magazine newsroom
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jack White describes his early writing for Time magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jack White recalls becoming a Time Life News Service correspondent in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jack White recalls his early experience as a Time magazine correspondent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jack White talks about the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jack White recalls becoming the head of Time magazine's Africa bureau
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jack White recalls his experiences as Time magazine's Africa bureau chief, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jack White describes his coverage of the 1980 Liberian coup d'etat
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers his travels to Nigeria
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jack White describes his experiences in Nigeria, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jack White describes his experiences in Nigeria, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jack White talks about his perspective as a journalist in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers meeting African journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jack White recalls his experiences as Time magazine's Africa bureau chief, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jack White remembers the Gambian coup d'etat of 1994
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jack White remembers his decision to leave Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jack White recalls the start of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers his off record conversations with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jack White remembers Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's intercession in Syria
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jack White recalls the exposure of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's anti-Semitic comments, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jack White recalls the exposure of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's anti-Semitic comments, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers learning about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's extramarital affair, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jack White remembers learning about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's extramarital affair, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jack White recalls the National Enquirer's story about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's affair
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Jack White talks about the impact of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Jack White remembers becoming the head of Time magazine's bureau in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Jack White talks about his interview with William Julius Wilson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Jack White describes his reporting on violence in the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Jack White describes his reporting on violence in the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Jack White describes his work as the deputy chief of correspondents at Time magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Jack White talks about his cover stories in Time magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Jack White remembers being recruited to the staff of ABC News
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Jack White describes his perspective on television journalism
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Jack White remembers his coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Jack White remembers his coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Jack White talks about his reporting on police brutality
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Jack White talks about his writing on Ward Connerly
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Jack White describes the Home for Retired Racial Stereotypes
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Jack White remembers the merger of Time Warner, Inc. and America Online, Inc.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Jack White describes his career after leaving Time magazine
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Jack White talks about the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Jack White talks about the reelection of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Jack White reflects upon President Barack Obama's first term
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Jack White talks about the challenges faced by President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Jack White talks about his views on journalism
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Jack White talks about the criticism against President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Jack White reflects upon his legacy and career
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Jack White talks about his family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Jack White describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Jack White narrates his photographs