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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist
Radio Personality
Television Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Orange, Red
Favorite Food:
Wife's Cooking
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Check It Out.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1954
Birth Location:
Colón,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist
Radio Personality
Television Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Orange, Red
Favorite Food:
Wife's Cooking
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Check It Out.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1954
Birth Location:
Colón
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Biography

Television personality and news journalist Juan Williams was born to Rogelio and Alma Geraldine Williams on April 10, 1954 in Colon, Panama. At the age of four, Williams and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. In 1969, Williams won a scholarship to attend the Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, a Quaker school. Williams then attended Haverford College, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in philosophy in 1976.

After interning at the Washington Post, Williams was hired by the newspaper in 1979. He worked as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House reporter in 23 years at the Washington, D.C. newspaper. Williams published his first book, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965) in 1987, the best-selling companion to the award winning documentary of the same name. Williams was then hired by Fox News Channel in 1997 as a contributor. A year later, his second book, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, about the pioneering Supreme Court justice, was published. It was designated a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. After serving as co-host of the television news program America’s Black Forum, Williams was hired as host of the National Public Radio call-in program Talk of the Nation in 2000. He wrote his third book, This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, a companion to the critically acclaimed Public Broadcasting System documentary. Williams then wrote My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience and Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It; the former was co-written with Pulitzer-prize winning author David Halberstam and published in 2005, and the latter was published two years later. Williams has authored six books in total.

He is also the recipient of several awards for his writing and investigative journalism, he won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and received widespread critical acclaim for numerous projects, including a series of documentaries like Politics: The New Black Power and A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom. Williams has also written numerous articles for national magazines including TIME, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ebony and GQ.

Juan Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Juan Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Juan Williams discusses his father's occupations in Panama and New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Juan Williams shares the story of how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Juan Williams talks about his likeness to his parents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about his likeness to his parents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Juan Williams talks about his mother's move to Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Juan Williams describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Juan Williams describes the sights, sounds, and smell of growing up, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Juan Williams describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about the apartments where he lived in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about his elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about his favorite subject in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Juan Williams talks about his favorite teachers in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Juan Williams talks about playing sports in Brooklyn, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Juan Williams talks about playing sports in Brooklyn, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Juan Williams talks about earning a scholarship to attend Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Juan Williams talks about the racial makeup and his extracurricular activities at Oakwood Friends School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Juan Williams remembers the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Juan Williams talks about his father's move to New York and how it affected him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Juan Williams talks about Malcolm X's impact on his family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Juan Williams talks about Malcolm X's impact on his family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about his family's discussions about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about going to black bookstores and movies in downtown Brooklyn
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about his grades in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about his brother's and sister's roles in his early development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Juan Williams discusses his mentors and role models at Haverford College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Juan Williams talks about his early writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Juan Williams talks about how he started writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about his African American influences from the news media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Juan Williams talks about the racial makeup of Haverford College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Juan Williams discusses his studies at Haverford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Juan Williams talks about his influences at Haverford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Juan Williams discusses how he majored in philosophy at Haverford College and the usefulness of critical analysis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about his philosophy professor at Haverford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about his internships and jobs during and after Haverford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about the black reporters at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about being hired at the Washington Post after working as an intern
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Juan Williams talks about the stories that he worked on and his career at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Juan Williams talks about covering Marion Barry at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Juan Williams discusses Marion Barry's strengths and weaknesses as mayor of Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Juan Williams discusses Marion Barry's strengths and weaknesses as mayor of Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Juan Williams discusses some of the scandals surrounding Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Juan Williams discusses political philosophy in relation to Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Juan Williams discusses public sector jobs and public services during Mayor Marion Barry's administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Juan Williams discusses his coverage of public schools in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Juan Williams discusses his first impressions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Juan Williams shares his opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Juan Williams shares his opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Juan Williams discusses U.S. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Juan Williams discusses U.S. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Juan Williams discusses the appointment of African Americans to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Juan Williams talks about what led to his work on PBS's "Eyes on the Prize"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about meeting documentary producer, Henry Hampton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Juan Williams discusses writing the book 'Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years: 1954-1965'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Juan Williams discusses what he remembers most about writing 'Eyes on the Prize'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about being investigated for his writings on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about being investigated for his writings on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about interviewing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about interviewing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Juan Williams talks about writing his biography on Thurgood Marshall, entitled, 'Thurgood Marshall: An American Revolutionary'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Juan Williams talks about 'America's Black Forum', pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Juan Williams talks about 'America's Black Forum', pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about how his book, 'Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary' was received
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Juan Williams talks about his book on Thurgood Marshall and the media attention it received
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Juan Williams talks about the conflict between Carl Rowan and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about working at CNN and at Fox News
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about his interview with Bill O'Reilly that led to his departure from NPR
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Juan Williams talks about the reaction to his Bill O'Reilly interview
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Juan Williams talks about his experiences at Fox News
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Juan Williams describes his professional philosophy as a journalist
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Juan Williams responds to criticisms of his book, Enough
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Juan Williams discusses the organizational efforts that are required to make progress on civil rights
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Juan Williams talks about his future projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Juan Williams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Juan Williams discusses the political culture of Fox News
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Juan Williams reflects upon his legacy and what he would do differently
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Juan Williams talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Juan Williams talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Juan Williams describes his photographs