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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Duh.

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1950
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Duh.

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1950
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Journalist Jocelyn Dorsey was born October 10, 1950, in Boston Massachusetts. She is one of three children born to Helena and Robert S. Dorsey in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child, she attended Rockdale Elementary School and Walnut Hills High School, both in Cincinnati. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Ohio State University where she majored in journalism.

After completing college, Dorsey took a brief summer job as a photographer and reporter at The Cincinnati Herald for a summer. She then made her move to television in 1972, working as a reporter at WKRC- TV for a year before she found her permanent home at WSB-TV in Atlanta in 1973. Over the last thirty years, she has held a number of positions with the station, and since 1983, she has been director of editorials and public affairs. Before that, Dorsey served as an anchor, reporter, producer and assignment editor for Channel 2 Action News for ten years. Her current responsibilities at WSB-TV include research, writing and production of editorials broadcast by WSB-TV vice president and general manager Gregory Stone.

Dorsey is also executive producer and host of "People 2 People." She has won numerous awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional Emmys for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was the first African American inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle. She was also the first woman and first African American to receive the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Citizen of the Year Award. Dorsey has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Region IV Hall of Fame and has been named National Media Woman of the Year by the National Association of Media Women. Her other honors include the first Georgia Chapter United Cerebral Palsy Woman of the Year and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She was named a Pioneer Black Journalist, the highest award given by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. She was also recently recognized by Atlanta magazine as a "Woman Making Her Mark."

Dorsey is the mother of two children, one of whom was killed in January of 2003. She is also has two grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes her mother's personality
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her maternal ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes living on Forest Park Drive as a child in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jocelyn Dorsey lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her experience at her elementary schools in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about attending Walnut Hills High School, a selective-enrollment college-preparatory school in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jocelyn Dorsey recalls her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Jocelyn Dorsey remembers her childhood aspiration to become a marine biologist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about how she developed an interest in journalism at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jocelyn Dorsey remembers her favorite teacher at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about the late 1960s political climate at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jocelyn Dorsey recalls dropping out of The Ohio State University to become a reporter at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes tackling racial discrimination with the help of her workplace allies at WRKC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about challenges she experienced when she moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jocelyn Dorsey recounts stories of racial and gender discrimination she experienced as a news reporter in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jocelyn Dorsey recounts stories of racial discrimination she experienced as a reporter in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jocelyn Dorsey remembers Coretta Scott King saving her career and her continuation to the news station management
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about changes that are needed in the media's portrayal of African Americans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes how Coretta Scott King rallied African American leaders to appeal WSB-TV ownership on her behalf
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jocelyn Dorsey explains the differing perspectives on race in the North and the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jocelyn Dorsey remembers her transition to management in 1983 and its subsequent changes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jocelyn Dorsey shares her proudest accomplishments as a news reporters at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her work in television as community service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jocelyn Dorsey reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jocelyn Dorsey gives advice to young people interested in journalism and media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jocelyn Dorsey reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Jocelyn Dorsey talks about her love of world travel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jocelyn Dorsey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jocelyn Dorsey gives advice to young people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jocelyn Dorsey reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jocelyn Dorsey discusses the media's role in perpetuating negative images and values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jocelyn Dorsey expounds on society's relationship to the media