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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California, New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Never tell somebody, 'I told you so.'x''

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1916
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California, New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Never tell somebody, 'I told you so.'x''

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1916
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

John Murphy, III was born into a journalistic family legacy. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 2, 1916, Murphy was named for his grandfather, the founder of the Afro-American newspaper. Murphy attended Temple University in Philadelphia, earning a B.S. degree in 1937, and he later attended the Press Institute of Columbia University in both 1952 and 1971.

Journalism came naturally to Murphy and the Afro-American was rapidly increasing its circulation along the East Coast when Murphy completed college. Before joining the family business, however, Murphy went to work with the Washington Tribune, where he served as the manager from 1937 until 1961. After serving on the board of directors of the Afro American, Murphy took over as chairman of the board from his cousin, Frances Murphy, II, in 1974. He also served as the business manager and the purchasing agent for the Washington Afro American. Murphy continues to hold the post.

Murphy has remained active throughout his life in a number of organizations, including several churches. He is a member of the Churchman’s Club, is on the standing committee of the Diocese of Maryland and is a vestryman at St. James Episcopal Church. He also serves on the boards of Amalgamated Publishers and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Murphy is a supporter of the arts and education, serving on the board of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Baltimore City Literacy Commission.

For his civic and business activities, Murphy has been honored numerous times by various organizations. The City of Baltimore proclaimed him Citizen of the Year in 1977. He has also received the Publisher of the Year Award from the University of Washington, D.C., and the Appreciation Award from the Race Relations Institute of Fisk University. Murphy and his wife, Camay, daughter of Cab Calloway, have two children.

John Murphy passed away on October 16, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Murphy describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Murphy lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Murphy describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Murphy remembers his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Murphy recalls his childhood environs in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Murphy recounts his school life
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Murphy recalls his early adulthood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Murphy details his work in the Washington, D.C. office of the Afro-American Newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Murphy discusses the circulation of the Afro American Newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Murphy discusses the Afro-American Newspaper's relationship with its employees
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Murphy remembers past coworkers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Murphy talks about his administration with Afro-American Newspapers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Murphy explains the Afro-American Newspaper's political ties
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Murphy talks about his newspapers stance on black soldiers in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Murphy recalls past editors at the Afro-American Newspapers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Murphy explains the integration of newspapers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Murphy comments the lack of African-American news in national newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Murphy recalls influential figures in the East Coast newspaper community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Murphy talks about changes in leadership at Afro-American Newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Murphy discusses changes in the newspaper industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Murphy remembers highlights from his years with Afro-American Newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Murphy shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Murphy considers his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - How John Murphy would like to be remembered