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Marcia Lythcott

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse
Favorite Food:
Liver, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1954
Birth Location:
Montgomery, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse
Favorite Food:
Liver, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1954
Birth Location:
Montgomery
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Biography

Newspaper editor Marcia Lythcott was born on May 20, 1954 in Montgomery, Alabama. Her father, William Watkins, served in the U.S. Army; her mother, and Florence Watkins, a nurse’s aide. Both of her parents were avid readers. Lythcott’s mother used newspapers to introduce her and her sister, Pam, to politics. Some her favorite childhood novels and magazines were the Bobbsey Twins series, fairy tales, True Confessions magazine, Ebony and the Encyclopedia Britannica. After graduating from high school, both Lythcott and her sister attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lythcott graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her B.A. degree in journalism.

Lythcott began her career in print journalism in the late 1970’s. She worked for four years as an education and police beat reporter for a local newspaper in Madison-Wisconsin. Then, in 1982, she was hired by the Chicago Tribune newspaper and began writing editorial pieces. Lythcott also assisted with major research projects and served as an editor of the “Opinion” section. Her article titled “Encore!, Encore!” (1987), published in the Chicago Tribune’s “Food Guide” section, was recognized as the most popular article and Best Reprise Recipe. At the Chicago Tribune Company, she served as the editor of Style and Home and the Good Eating Cookbook. As editor of the “Commentary” section in the Chicago Tribune, Lythcott typically read seventy-five to one-hundred opinion submissions a day. Later in her career, she became one of the highest ranking African American women on the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

Lythcott also served on the board member of the Louis Carr Internship Foundation. Her late husband, Stephen Lythcott, served as the vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois until his death in 1994. Throughout the years, her favorite pastimes have been reading, traveling, gardening and ballet.

Marcia Lythcott was interviewed by The History Makers on August 19, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marcia Ann Lythcott's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her maternal grandparents' occupations and Greenville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her mother's life in Greenville, Alabama and her dislike of the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses her father's service in the military
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her parents and how they influenced her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes the different places she lived while growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses race in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about starting to attend school in Clovis, New Mexico
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about reading a lot from a young age
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about moving from Clovis, New Mexico to Bangor, Maine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about living in Darmstadt, Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses her love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about Madison, Wisconsin and the events of 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her experience in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses the encouragement of her high school mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her career aspirations and the student protests at UW-Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about studying journalism and college life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her social life in college and her internship in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses the attitudes of La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about graduating from college and the events of 1976
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her first job at the Racine Journal Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about how she got the job at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her impressions of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about the African American staff presence at the Chicago Tribune in 1983
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her first jobs at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her job as assistant food editor at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks her job as the style editor at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her marriage to Stephen Lythcott in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about being promoted to the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about the political history of the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about some of the contentious editorial issues at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about the Chicago Tribune's endorsement of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses the different roles of the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about op-ed process and whom she interacts with in her work day
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her process for choosing op-ed pieces at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about publishing a range of opinions at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about op-ed submissions and finding strong female writers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marcia Ann Lythcott gives advice for the writing of op-eds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses allegations of collusion and conspiracy at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about editorial accountability at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses the Chicago Tribune's relationship with the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about living in the African American community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marcia Ann Lythcott describes what she would have done differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marcia Ann Lythcott reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses diversity at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marcia Ann Lythcott discusses the NABJ and the Maynard Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about her late husband, Stephen Lythcott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Marcia Ann Lythcott talks about how she would like to be remembered