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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Haven, Michigan
Favorite Quote:
Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1949
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Haven, Michigan
Favorite Quote:
Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1949
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Newspaper columnist Joe Davidson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949. He graduated from Mumford High School in 1967. In 1971, Davidson received his B.A. degree in education and political science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He received his M.P.P. degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1974.

Davidson’s professional career began in 1971 at the Detroit News. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1974, and joined the Philadelphia Bulletin, where he became City Hall bureau chief. Davidson later served as City Hall reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and managing editor for the National Leader. In 1984, Davidson moved to Washington, D.C., to work for The Wall Street Journal. During his tenure at The Wall Street Journal, Davidson covered a broad range of domestic issues and agencies, including the U.S. Justice Department as well as national politics. He was also based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he served as a news correspondent during the aftermath of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and subsequent election as the president of South Africa. After serving as a consulting editor for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/Push organization and as an editor at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Davidson joined The Washington Post in 2005. Davidson has also appeared as a commentator or contributor to PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Weekly,” National Public Radio, BET, MSNBC, and Emerge Magazine.

Davidson is a founding board member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and is past-president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). He is also the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the Founder’s Medal from the NABJ, the Alfred G. Wilson Outstanding Male Graduate Award from Oakland University, a First Place NABJ Award for International Reporting, and a First Place Award for reporting from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Davidson lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Bernardine Watson. They have three sons: Hakimu and Jasiri Davidson and Robert Watson, as well as a granddaughter, Naomi Grace Sebelko-Watson.

Joe Davidson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 18, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joe Davidson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson describes his mother's upbringing in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson talks about his parents' social life in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson talks about his mother, Margaret Drew Davidson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson describes his father, Joseph Davidson, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joe Davidson describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joe Davidson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Joe Davidson describes his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson describes his childhood interests and hobbies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson shares his elementary school memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson talks about the media during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson remembers the Civil Rights Movement and labor movements in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson talks about Motown music in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson describes attending Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson talks about his activities at Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson remembers his teachers at Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson recalls the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson remembers being a copy aide at the Detroit News
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson describes his decision to attend Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson talks about his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson describes his professors at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson talks about the different terms used to refer to black people in the past
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson talks about his involvement with black student organizations at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson describes his professors at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson recalls the social life at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson describes his graduation honors at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson talks about his fellowship at Washington Journalism Center in 1971
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson talks about the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson remembers hearing the news of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson talks about race relations at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson recalls the 1967 riots in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson talks about black journalists he met during his fellowship at Washington Journalism Center in 1971
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson talks about earning his master's degree in public policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson recalls working for the Detroit News while in graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Joe Davidson talks about his work in radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson talks about working at the Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson describes covering City Hall Bureau Chief for the Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson talks about teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson talks about HistoryMaker Chuck Stone
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson talks about the formation of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson talks about the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson talks about HistoryMaker Reverend W. Wilson Goode's election as Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson describes HistoryMaker Reverend W. Wilson Goode
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson describes the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Joe Davidson describes becoming managing editor of the National Leader newspaper in 1982, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Joe Davidson's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson describes becoming the managing editor of the National Leader newspaper in 1982, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson remembers the stories that the National Leader covered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson describes his accepting a position at the Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson talks about the various beats he covered for the Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson talks about his coverage of Nelson Mandela for the Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson contrasts social movements in South Africa to those of the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson talks about HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson recalls leaving the Wall Street Journal in 1997
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson describes the political leanings of The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson describes his various career moves after leaving The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson describes working at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson describes writing a story on the kidnapping and death of journalist Daniel Pearl
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson recalls the dangers he faced while reporting in South Africa in 1986, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson recalls the dangers he faced while reporting in South Africa in 1986, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson describes becoming an editor and columnist for The Washington Post
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson remembers winning the Peabody Award
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson talks about the 2008 presidential election
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson talks about the economic concerns of federal governmental employees, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson talks about the economic concerns of federal governmental employees, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson talks about the challenges facing the United States Postal Service and its impact on the black workforce
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson describes the impact of the 2008 sequester on federal employees
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson describes writing about his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson describes writing articles on federal employees' pay freeze
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson describes his approach to writing his column in the Washington Post
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Joe Davidson describes his involvement in the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Joe Davidson talks about his involvement with the Trotter Group and his other activities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Joe Davidson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Joe Davidson talks about his lack of regrets in life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Joe Davidson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Joe Davidson describes his journalistic philosophy and ethics
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Joe Davidson comments on African Americans' distrust of the news media
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Joe Davidson talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Joe Davidson talks about his pride in being involved with the National Association of Black Journalists [NABJ]
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Joe Davidson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Joe Davidson narrates his photographs