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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Chili, or Mahi Mahi
Favorite Time of Year:
Early October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The True Wealth Of A Nation Lies Not In Its Gold And Silver, But In The Knowledge Of Its People.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1944
Birth Location:
Butler, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Chili, or Mahi Mahi
Favorite Time of Year:
Early October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The True Wealth Of A Nation Lies Not In Its Gold And Silver, But In The Knowledge Of Its People.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1944
Birth Location:
Butler
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Leon Douglas Bibb was born on October 5, 1944 in Butler, Alabama to Georgia and Leon Bibb. At the age of one, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew up and graduated from Glenville High School. Bibb received his B.S. degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1966. He then went on to study radio, TV and film as a graduate student. He also served in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

In the late 1960s, Bibb worked as a news reporter for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. He was hired as a reporter for WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio in 1971, and worked as a news anchor and reporter for WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio from 1972 to 1979. In 1976, while at WCMH-TV, Bibb became Ohio’s first African American primetime anchor. Then, in 1979, he moved to WKYC-TV in Cleveland, and was promoted to primary news anchor for the Monday through Friday newscasts in 1986. In 1995, Bibb was hired as a news anchor and reporter for WEWS-TV. He has narrated and hosted many shows at WEWS-TV, including “My Ohio with Leon Bibb,” “Leon Bibb's Perspective,” “Kaleidoscope,” and a series called “Our Hometown.” Bibb has interviewed numerous political leaders and notable figures, including President Barack Obama, President George H. W. Bush, Neil Armstrong, and James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Bibb has written several short stories and poems, many of which have been published.

Bibb has won six local Emmy Awards and received several citations from the Cleveland Press Club for excellence in journalism. He has also received the Distinguished Journalist Award from the Society for Professional Journalists, and Awards of Excellence from Cleveland State University and the Radio-TV Council. Bibb has been inducted into the Broadcaster's Hall of Fame, Glenville High School Hall of Fame, Bowling Green State University School of Communications Hall of Fame, Associated Press Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Sigma Delta Chi Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1996, Governor George Voinovich appointed Bibb to the Board of Trustees at Bowling Green State University, where he also served as chairman.

Bibb lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife, Marguerite. They have two daughters: Jennifer and Alison.

Leon Bibb was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 13, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Leon Bibb's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb talks about the land in Alabama owned by his maternal family after the Civil War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb describes his maternal grandmother, Katie Crowell
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb describes his mother's childhood and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb describes how his father was inspired by his mentor, Mr. Fred, to attend college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb talks about his parents' move to Cleveland, Ohio and then back to Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb talks about noted black Clevelander, John O. Holly, and the Future Outlook League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb describes his father's experience in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb talks about his father's return from World War II and the family's return to Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb talks about his sister, Shirley Blackwell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb shares his memories of moving into a duplex in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb describes his elementary school and a teacher that encouraged him to pursue a career in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb recalls the TV and radio shows that influenced him as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb remembers watching the Civil Rights Movement on television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb remembers the murder of Emmett Till and his experience in the South during car trips to Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb remembers joining Liberty Hill Baptist Church when he was ten years old
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb remembers his sixth grade teacher and mentor, Robert Taylor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb recalls attending Empire Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb describes his passion for classic movies, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb describes his passion for classic movies, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb describes his role in the 2013 movie "Made in Cleveland"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb shares his regrets for quitting his high school theater production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Leon Bibb describes his experience at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb recalls those African Americans who were on TV and radio when he grew up and his enjoyment of radio announcers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb recalls his favorite radio announcers and the impact they had on him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb describes his enrollment at Bowling Green State University and meeting his wife, Marguerite Bibb
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb recalls his increasing confidence in his journalistic skills at Bowling Green State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb describes his teacher at Bowling Green State University, Jeff Clark
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb describes being offered an internship at the Cleveland Call and Post in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb remembers covering Jim Brown's trial for the Cleveland Call and Post in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb remembers photographing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Cleveland Call and Post in 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb talks about the accessibility of Cleveland, Ohio athletes Jim Brown and Bill Willis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb talks about the environment for African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio around 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb recalls beginning his journalism career at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb describes being drafted into the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War in 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb describes serving in the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb remembers his friend, Randall Lee Williams, who was killed during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb talks about earning the Bronze Star Medal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb describes enrolling at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio for graduate school in 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb describes producing the news broadcast for WBGU-TV at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and moving to Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Leon Bibb talks about his experience as a reporter for WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Leon Bibb recalls being hired as a news anchor at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb describes his experience as a news anchor at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb describes interviewing James Earl Ray in 1978 with Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flint, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb describes interviewing James Earl Ray in 1978 with Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flint, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb describes the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb talks about the media coverage of James Earl Ray
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb describes being offered a position as news anchor for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb describes being offered a position as news anchor for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb remembers working with Al Roker at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb describes the social and political environment in Cleveland, Ohio when he returned in 1979
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb talks about the sports teams in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb describes the political environment in Cleveland, Ohio under city council president and HistoryMaker George Forbes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb describes the economic revitalization of Cleveland, Ohio in the 1990s after the construction of Jacobs Field
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb describes the economic impact of restoring Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb talks about the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb recalls working as a reporter with the U.S. Coast Guard in Bahrain during Operation Desert Shield in 1991
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb remembers being demoted to street reporting after WKYC-TV was bought by Multimedia Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Leon Bibb remembers leaving WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Leon Bibb describes hosting "Weekend Exchange" for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Leon Bibb describes his public affairs program for WEWS-TV, "Kaleidoscope"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb recalls the Cleveland Browns leaving and returning to Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb recalls the Cleveland Browns leaving and returning to Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb talks about the shows he currently hosts for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio and interviewing Don King
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Leon Bibb shares his journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Leon Bibb reflects on his work as his dream job
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Leon Bibb describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Leon Bibb describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Leon Bibb talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Leon Bibb reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Leon Bibb narrates his photographs