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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Shouldn't I Be Good?

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1969
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Shouldn't I Be Good?

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1969
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Editor and reporter James Edward Causey was born on August 1, 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Otha R. Causey and James D. Causey. Causey graduated from Marshall High School in Milwaukee in 1987. He received his B.A. degree in communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1992 and his M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point, Wisconsin in 2002.

Causey became interested in journalism in middle school when he won an essay contest about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Milwaukee Community Journal, the state's largest African-American newspaper. He started writing for that newspaper periodically and then, as a student at Marshall High School, landed an internship at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Causey then worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel from 1987 through 1995. Since 1995, Causey has been a reporter, editor, and editorial writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he has also served as the night city editor. Causey became an editor in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's metro department in 1999. That same year, he began serving as the president and treasurer for the Wisconsin Black Media Association. In 2008, Causey was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He joined the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board in June 2008 as an editorial writer on urban affairs.

Causey resides in Milwaukee and has one child, Taylor Marie Causey.

Causey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 17, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Causey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Causey lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Causey describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Causey describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Causey talks about his mother's education in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Causey describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Causey describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Causey remembers meeting his paternal uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Causey recalls visiting his paternal uncle in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Causey remembers his paternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Causey remembers his paternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Causey describes his paternal family's land in Gloster, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Causey talks about the traditional medical practices of Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Causey remembers his family's superstitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Causey recalls his parents' taste in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Causey talks about his father's interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Causey describes his father's experiences in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Causey talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James Causey describes his parents' occupations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - James Causey describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Causey describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Causey remembers his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Causey recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Causey describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Causey recalls his early interest in the news
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Causey remembers Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Causey talks about the Al Moreland Boxing Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Causey remembers refusing an invitation to join a gang
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Causey recalls the gang activity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Causey remembers joining the staff of the Milwaukee Community Journal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - James Causey describes his experiences at the Milwaukee Community Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Causey remembers working with Speech at the Milwaukee Community Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Causey describes the festivals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Causey talks about the America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Causey describes his internship with the Milwaukee Sentinel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Causey remembers covering Jeffrey Dahmer for the Milwaukee Sentinel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Causey describes the Milwaukee Police Department's discrimination against Jeffrey Dahmer's victims
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Causey remembers Jeffrey Dahmer's arrest and death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Causey talks about the Milwaukee Police Department's relationship with the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Causey remembers his experiences at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - James Causey recalls his mentors in the field of journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - James Causey talks about the influence of comic books on his writing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Causey talks about his career at the Milwaukee Sentinel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Causey talks about diversity in the journalism industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Causey talks about his efforts to reduce discriminatory reporting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Causey talks about Christopher J. Scarver
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Causey recalls his roles at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Causey remembers his Harvard Nieman Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James Causey recalls becoming an editorial writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James Causey remembers the fatal beating of Charles Young, Jr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James Causey remembers the fatal beating of Charles Young, Jr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Causey talks about his plans for his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James Causey describes his journalistic influences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James Causey talks about his current project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James Causey describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James Causey reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James Causey reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James Causey describes his role in the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James Causey talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - James Causey shares his advice for young black journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - James Causey describes his values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - James Causey describes how he would like to be remembered