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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Chief Executive
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1944
Birth Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Chief Executive
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1944
Birth Location:
Little Rock
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Biography

Television producer and public relations director Linda Torrence was born on November 23, 1944, and grew up in College Station, Arkansas. She graduated from Wrightsville High School in Wrightsville, Arkansas in 1962. Her father, Samuel Hudson, was the city’s first black police officer. Torrence attended Arkansas Baptist College and majored in business administration. She was the first black teller at the First National Bank in Little Rock from 1962 to 1967 and later managed the College Station Community Credit Union in 1972. Torrence was politically active after high school and was the first African American female to represent Arkansas at the Democratic Convention in 1972 as an officer of the Young Democrats Club. She also hosted a television talk show on ABC-TV in Little Rock.

Torrence worked in adult education at the Urban League in Rochester, New York, and in fundraising at CBS, WHEC-TV as Director of Public Affairs. Torrence served as assistant to the director in the Donor Resources Department of the American Red Cross in Portland, Oregon, and co-founded two companies, the Walker (Business) Institute and Belcher-Torrence, a human resource company. Both companies offered business development and marketing strategies to businesses in the Portland community. Torrence was vice president of marketing and communications for the Private Industry Council (PIC) and director of human resources for Rogers Cable Television, a subsidiary of Canada’s largest cable company. At Rogers Cable, Torrence was the host of the talk show, Women in Focus, which aired for three years.

Torrence joined the staff of WAGA-TV in 1990. In her position as director of community relations and public service, Torrence is the station’s liaison to the Atlanta community. Torrence manages FOX5’s sponsorships of non-profit organizations and serves as the point of contact for community related activities and issues. She is producer of The Georgia Gang, a weekly talk show of panelists who discuss Georgia politics, and directs the production of FOX5 Editorials.

Torrence serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Grady Hospital Foundation and Georgia Commission on Women. She is the recipient of numerous awards and citations and has been honored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for her role in the development of the America’s Youth Passport. Torrence is a mother and grandmother. She resides in DeKalb County with her husband Joseph Phillips.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lina Torrence describes her brother and maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lina Torrence describes her siblings and maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Linda Torrence describes College Station, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lina Torrence remembers her early pastimes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lina Torrence describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence remembers celebrating the holidays, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence describes the African American community of College Station, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence remembers her family's homes in College Station, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence describes her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence remembers celebrating the holidays, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence describes her integrated neighborhood in College Station
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence describes her neighbors' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence recalls visiting Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Linda Torrence remembers College Station Elementary School in College Station, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Linda Torrence describes her elementary school teachers and principal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence recalls riding the bus to Wrightsville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence describes her activities at Wrightsville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence remembers becoming pregnant in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence describes the sports teams at Wrightsville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence recalls attending college and working while a single mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence recalls filing a racial discrimination lawsuit, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence recalls filing a racial discrimination lawsuit, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence recalls managing College Station Community Credit Union
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Linda Torrence recalls managing The Flint Spokesman newspaper in Flint, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence recalls earning a degree from Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence describes her introduction to the television broadcast industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence describes her involvement in the 1972 Democratic Convention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence recalls being motivated by the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence remembers managing work, school and mothering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence describes her public affairs work at WHEC-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence describes her early experiences of television and radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence remembers moving to Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence remembers obtaining her position at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence recalls the climate of Flint, Michigan and Rochester, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence recalls her work at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence recalls serving on Portland Custodians' Civil Service Board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence describes her community involvement in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence describes the community of Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence recalls working for the American Red Cross in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence reflects upon being a trailblazer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Linda Torrence recalls founding the Belcher-Torrence consulting firm
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence describes her consulting firm, Belcher-Torrence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence recalls becoming the human resources director of Rogers Cable Systems
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence remembers her talk show, 'Women in Focus'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence recalls joining the Portland Private Industry Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence describes her duties at the Portland Private Industry Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence describes her coworkers at the Portland Private Industry Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence recalls founding the Walker Institute organization
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence recalls moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence describes her move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence talks about her work at Atlanta's WAGA-TV station
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Linda Torrence describes her role as community relations director at WAGA-TV
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Linda Torrence describes her children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Linda Torrence talks about her husband, Joseph Phillips
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Linda Torrence talks about The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Linda Torrence talks about her religious faith
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Linda Torrence describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Linda Torrence narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Linda Torrence narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Linda Torrence narrates her photographs, pt. 3