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John E. Davis

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans and Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Thessaloniki, Greece
Favorite Quote:
Can't Nobody Hurt You Like Them that Supposed to Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/3/1947
Birth Location:
Wichita Falls, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans and Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Thessaloniki, Greece
Favorite Quote:
Can't Nobody Hurt You Like Them that Supposed to Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/3/1947
Birth Location:
Wichita Falls
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Biography

Broadcast journalist and media executive John E. Davis was born on November 3, 1947 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Tommy Christian and Myrtle Donaldson. Davis was raised in Wichita Falls and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1966. He went on to attend Henderson County Junior College in Athens, Texas before transferring to Washington State University, where he received his B.S. degree in broadcast communications in 1970.

Upon graduation, Davis was hired as a news reporter for Fresno, California’s KMJ-TV. In 1977, Davis moved to KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon, where he served as a news reporter and anchor until 1982. Then, for the next twenty years, he worked as a general assignment reporter and later as a weekend anchor for Chicago, Illinois’ WBBM-TV. During his time at WBBM, Davis became the first United States news reporter to interview Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison in 1990. In addition to his work on television, Davis served as a news director and anchor for WVAZ Radio, and has hosted a real estate show on WLS-AM Radio and WIND-AM Radio.

In 2003, Davis founded and served as president of John E. Davis Media, a firm that serves politicians, corporate executives, celebrities and athletes by providing them high-end political consulting, media crisis management and public speaking coaching. Through his media company, Davis has worked on numerous political campaigns, including Scott Lee Cohen for Governor of Illinois; the Terrence J. O’Brien Campaign for Cook County Board President; Howard B. Brookins, Jr.’s Campaign for Cook County State’s Attorney; and Dorothy Brown’s Campaign for Mayor of Chicago.

Davis has earned many honors throughout his career, including a 1988 local Emmy Award for his coverage of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s death; an Ada S. McKinley Youth Services Mentor of the Year Award; the Better Communicator Award from the League of Black Women; and a Monarch Award for Outstanding Communicator. He has served as a board member of the Harold Washington Library and of the Greek-American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, and as a charter member of the Saltpond Redevelopment Institute and member of the We Care model program of the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Police Department.

John E. Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 21, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John E. Davis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John E. Davis talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John E. Davis describes visiting his maternal great-grandmother in Cooper, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John E. Davis talks about his maternal great-grandmother's spirituality and the segregation in Cooper, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John E. Davis talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John E. Davis describes living with his maternal grandparents as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John E. Davis describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John E. Davis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John E. Davis talks about his stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John E. Davis describes his two childhood homes in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John E. Davis talks about his school experience in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John E. Davis talks about his decision to attend Washington State University on a football scholarship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John E. Davis talks about racial dynamics at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John E. Davis recalls conversations with black student union members at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John E. Davis describes studying broadcast journalism at Washington State University during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John E. Davis talks about reuniting with his father in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John E. Davis describes his and his father's disparate aspirations for a professional football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John E. Davis talks about the broadcast communications department at Washington State University in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John E. Davis recalls the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John E. Davis talks about joining the broadcast team at KMJ-TV in Fresno, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John E. Davis talks about working at KMJ-TV in Fresno, California from 1970 through 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John E. Davis describes reporting on the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John E. Davis describes reporting on the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John E. Davis describes interviewing for CBS in Chicago, Illinois in 1982
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - John E. Davis talks about his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John E. Davis details his wife's family history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John E. Davis talks about the early years of his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John E. Davis describes the cross-cultural interaction in his home in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John E. Davis talks about working as a reporter for CBS in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John E. Davis recalls one black cameraman's positive reaction to his hiring by CBS in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John E. Davis describes covering Harold Washington's 1983 mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John E. Davis talks about Harold Washington's relationship with black journalists and the media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John E. Davis talks about the death of Harold Washington and winning an Emmy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John E. Davis describes traveling to South Africa to report on the end of apartheid in 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John E. Davis describes reporting on a February 1990 incident of police violence in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John E. Davis recalls meeting Nelson Mandela the day he was released from prison in 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John E. Davis describes a series of interviews in South Africa after Nelson Mandela's release from prison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John E. Davis recalls the end of his career for CBS in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John E. Davis talks about working as a media consultant for Chicago politicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John E. Davis talks about the election of HistoryMaker Barack Obama as president of the United States in 2008
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John E. Davis talks about his radio work in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John E. Davis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John E. Davis talks about lessons he has taught his children and the regrets in his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John E. Davis talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John E. Davis talks about his annual visit to Greece
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John E. Davis narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John E. Davis narrates his photographs, pt. 2