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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Coral, Orange
Favorite Food:
Lobster Rolls
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jersey Shore, Martha's Vineyard, New York City, New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1947
Birth Location:
Jersey City, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Coral, Orange
Favorite Food:
Lobster Rolls
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jersey Shore, Martha's Vineyard, New York City, New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1947
Birth Location:
Jersey City
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Biography

Journalist Jacqueline E. Trescott was born on January 2, 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Alfred P. and Adelaide C. Miller Trescott. In 1964, Trescott enrolled at St. Bonaventure University, and was mentored by Dr. Russell Jandoli. As a student, she interviewed Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops and interned at the The Newark Evening News when the urban uprisings of 1967 were raging. Trescott graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1968, earning her B.A. degree in journalism.

In June 1970, she joined The Washington Star as a staff reporter. Her assignments were primarily for the Portfolio section, covering cultural personalities and events. From 1976 to June 2012, Trescott worked for The Washington Post, reporting for its award-winning Style Section. Her assignments included political and celebrity profiles, National Public Radio and the local radio stations, and arts events. Beginning in 1992, Trescott became the principal arts news reporter, covering Washington’s museums, performing arts centers and theaters. She coordinated the sprawling beat and raised the national profile of the Post coverage. The stories ranged from the attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts, to the rise of arts facilities as economic engines for their communities to the construction of the National Museum of the American Indian. Coverage included fund-raising to administrative changes to investigations of management and building conditions. The Virginia Press Association cited Trescott and James Grimaldi for their reporting in 2007. The use of the Freedom of Information Act by Trescott and Grimaldi in reviewing records at the Smithsonian was a finalist in 2009 in the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. competition.

In her last two years at the Post Trescott helped create the Style Blog – originally called the Arts Post – which combined arts news and culture. The blog has also served as a destination for features on the dedication of the Martin L. King Memorial – Trescott posted a month of civil rights songs to salute the occasion. In her four decades, Trescott has often interviewed musical and literary personalities, who helped define their craft: Toni Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Chita Rivera, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey and Alice Walker.

Jacqueline E. Trescott was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 28, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott talks about her mother's education in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott talks about her great-grandmother, Josephine Matthews
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott talks about her father's military service in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott describes Christ the King Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott shares the story of how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott talks about her mother's support of Catholicism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jackie Trescott talks about her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jackie Trescott talks about her brother, Paul Alfred Trescott, and her childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jackie Trescott shares her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jackie Trescott talks about growing up in the Greenville section of Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Jackie Trescott describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott talks about playing records in the basement of her parents' home and dancing with her friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jackie Trescott talks about buying new records every Friday and listening to them with her friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott talks about a Girls Scouts leader who took her to Broadway shows
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott talks about going to Broadway plays and museums in New York as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott talks about the black publications of her youth, her exposure to black leaders and her parents' interest in basketball and baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott talks about her education and her early interest in writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott talks about attending Catholic school and her cousin, who was a nun
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott talks about celebrities and cousins she admired as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott talks about her Catholic all-girls high school, Sacred Heart Academy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott remembers President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 and his significance within the Catholic and black communities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jackie Trescott talks about her high school newspaper and her awareness of black journalists
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Jackie Trescott talks about choosing to attend St. Bonaventure University in Bonaventure, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Jackie Trescott talks about a high school mentor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott talks about working for the newspaper and at the library as well as basketball at St. Bonaventure University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jackie Trescott talks about Dr. Russell Jandoli, her journalism mentor at St. Bonaventure University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott remembers news media coverage of the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 and of the 1964 Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott remembers her shock upon learning of Malcolm X's assassination in 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom, where she attended dances as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott talks about her family's view of the Civil Rights Movement and attending the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott talks about working for St. Bonaventure's newspaper and radio station
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott talks about her college internships and jobs, and the 1967 Newark Riots
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott discusses the 1967 Newark Riots and the election of minority mayors across the country
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott discusses her senior year in college, the death of her father in 1967 and the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott talks about her first job at Western Publishing after graduating from St. Bonaventure University in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Jackie Trescott talks about meeting people who integrated media at the Washington Journalism Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Jackie Trescott describes her first job as a reporter at the Washington Star in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Jackie Trescott describes her article at the Washington Star on African American church history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott describes the Washington Star's closure and other newspapers in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jackie Trescott talks about writing on black history and black cultural figures during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott talks about reporting on the Black Arts Movement and important figures at Howard University in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott talks about working at the Washington Star and her interviews with Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott talks about her move from the Washington Star to the Washington Post at the end of 1975
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott talks about working in the Washington Post's style section and her first column
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott talks about covering the National Endowment for the Arts and other arts organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott discusses Washington, D.C.'s black cultural organizations and their subsequent closures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott talks about the U.S. Bicentennial in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott talks about her approach to covering the arts from an administrative and management perspective
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott talks about the development of various African American museums in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jackie Trescott talks about the formation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott talks about the acquisition of materials for the NMAAHC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott talks about her coverage of the authentication of Nat Turner's Bible
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott discusses the conflict over using public funds to support arts and culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott describes her views on arts funding in the U.S.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott discusses her coverage of the Smithsonian secretary's misuse of funds
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott talks about her favorite stories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott describes her interviews of Kennedy Center honorees including Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott talks about her coverage of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the National Mall
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott talks about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jackie Trescott talks about doing a story on family histories at Monticello
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jackie Trescott talks about Letitia Woods Brown and Maya Angelou, two of her mentors in black history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jackie Trescott continues to talk about her mentors, including Eleanor Traylor and Lori Stokes Sims
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jackie Trescott talks about her art collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jackie Trescott describes her retirement and her planned book on churches in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jackie Trescott talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jackie Trescott reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jackie Trescott talks about what she might do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Jackie Trescott talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Jackie Trescott talks about her passion for live concerts and baseball games
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Jackie Trescott talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jackie Trescott narrates her photographs