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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Money Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida, Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I'm A Pie Maker. I Don't Worry About The Crumbs, I Make A New Pie.$

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1966
Birth Location:
Orange, New Jersey

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Money Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida, Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I'm A Pie Maker. I Don't Worry About The Crumbs, I Make A New Pie.$

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1966
Birth Location:
Orange
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Biography

Publisher and author Karen Hunter was born on April 24, 1966 in Orange, New Jersey. In 1983, she graduated from Marylawn of the Oranges Academy in South Orange, New Jersey. After high school, Hunter attended Drew University, where she received her B.A. degree in English.

In 1989, Hunter joined the New York Daily News where she worked as a columnist and covered numerous topics for the paper, including sports, business, and news stories. From 1996 to 1998, Hunter worked as a professor of journalism at New York University. In 1999, as a member of the Daily News’ editorial board, she received a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s series of editorials that formed a campaign to save the Apollo Theater in Harlem. While still at the New York Daily News, Hunter also began writing music reviews, through which she met various musicians, including LL Cool J. It was through him that Hunter began writing books, starting with a collaborative effort to write LL Cool J’s memoir I Make My Own Rules. She also has collaborated in creating the celebrity memoirs of Queen Latifah and Kris Jenner, as well as Reverend Al Sharpton’s book Al on America. Other books that Hunter worked on discussed issues of African American culture, such as Karyn Langhorne Folan’s Don’t Bring Home a White Boy.

In 2002, Hunter took a new academic position as an assistant visiting professor at Hunter College in the Department of Film and Media Studies. From 2003 to 2006, she co-hosted a morning talk show with Steve Malzberg at the AM radio station WWRL. Hunter also became a contributor to many cable news channels, including appearances on the Paula Zahn Now show on CNN and MSNBC.

In 2007, Hunter became CEO of her own publishing company, Karen Hunter Publishing, as an imprint of Simon and Schuster Publishing. The label publishes mostly popular nonfiction targeted towards the market for African American titles. In 2010, she published a book as the sole author, called Stop Being Niggardly, which is addressed to African Americans and their successes. In 2011, Hunter began a separate business venture called First One Digital Publishing that focuses solely on e-books for electronic reading devices.

Hunter lives in New York City.

Karen Hunter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 3, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Karen Hunter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter describes Geechee culture and talks about her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter describes her maternal grandfather's relationships with his wife and children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter talks about James Brown's impact on people from Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about the accommodationist attitude her mother's family had towards segregation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter considers her mother's dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter describes her mother's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's connections to the choir at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter describes her father's response Southern to discrimination and how he met his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about the role of the church in her parents' childhoods
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about her mother's miscarriages and her brother's birth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's personality, and her likeness to him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter describes her father's obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's work ethic, occupations, and his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's store, Hunter Corner Store
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter talks about the 1967 Newark, New Jersey riots, and her father's reaction to them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter describes her father's attitude towards playing Scrabble
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter shares her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter describes her childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's mentor and the robberies that occurred at her father's store
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's retirement at forty eight years old
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter describes her childhood neighborhood in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about attending grade school, her stature, and quick wit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about transitioning from public school to Catholic school and her grade school crush
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter talks about skipping seventh grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter describes her fifth grade teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about attending a Catholic all-girls high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter talks about her experiences at Marylawn of the Oranges Catholic High School in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about her childhood and the role of reading and TV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about breaking her father's aquarium and the family's move
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter talks about her love of books as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Karen Hunter talks about her father's ideologies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Karen Hunter talks about her parents and their love of music and parties
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter talks about how her view of religion has evolved, as well as about her interest in gospel music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about the individuals in the arts that influenced her as a youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter reflects upon the impact the nuns at Marylawn of the Oranges Catholic High School had on her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about traveling to Washington, D.C., Paris, and Spain as a high school student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter talks about why she applied to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter describes Drew University and the surrounding community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about her college major
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter talks about her experience at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about her fried chicken business at Drew University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about her perception of Black Studies and black culture as a student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter talks about her last year at Drew University and her first job
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Karen Hunter describes attempting to audition for Saturday Night Live
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter talks about her first job after college graduation selling dictionaries
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about her early career in newspaper writing and being hired at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about writing for the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about the challenges of a sports writer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter discusses the importance of looking for guidance during her early career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter describes transitioning from sports writing to news writing at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about the dynamic of being a female reporter covering male sports
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter recalls how covering a murder case in Brooklyn, New York changed her perception of journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about covering a school shooting at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about the change in ownership at the New York Daily News and a mentor who saved her job
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter talks about her work as a business writer at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter compares New York City's most popular newspapers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about the racist environment at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter describes how she has stayed true to herself
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter recalls being invited to sit on the editorial board at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter describes how sitting on the editorial board of the New York Daily news changed her perception of news writing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about broadening her understanding of diversity at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter describes her transition from writing editorials to music reviews at the New York Daily News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about her first book contract with LL Cool J, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about her first book contract with LL Cool J, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter talks about the backlash her Pulitzer Prize-winning series on the Apollo Theater received
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter talks about investigating the poor conditions of the Apollo Theater in the 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about how the New York Daily News' series on saving the Apollo Theater won her a Pulitzer Prize
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter reflects upon the state of Black America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about how black writers influence mainstream media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter talks about the challenge of balancing cultural and racial bias in journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter describes the challenge of being a black journalist in mainstream media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about the importance of holding black leaders accountable
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter talks about Marva Collins
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about her journalistic integrity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter talks about her experiences teaching at New York University and with the Legal Outreach program in Harlem, New York City
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Karen Hunter talks about the failure of her online women's sports magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Karen Hunter talks about her morning talk radio show
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter talks about balancing radio hosting, news writing, and teaching in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about predicting Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and leaving the New York Daily News in 2004
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about writing On the Down Low with J.L. King, as well as the impact of the book
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Karen Hunter talks about the 2007 launch of her imprint, Karen Hunter Publishing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Karen Hunter reflects upon American achievement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Karen Hunter talks about black publishing and her mission to publish books that appeal to all people
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Karen Hunter talks about the impact of publishing Kris Jenner's book
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Karen Hunter describes what inspired her to call for a boycott of Donald Trump
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Karen Hunter talks about the projects published through Karen Hunter Publishing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Karen Hunter describes some of Karen Hunter Publishing's projects
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Karen Hunter reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Karen Hunter talks about her family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Karen Hunter talks about how she would like to be remembered