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Maureen Bunyan

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Nuts (Cashew)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Patagonia, Chile
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1945

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Nuts (Cashew)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Patagonia, Chile
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1945
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Biography

Television news anchor Maureen Bunyan was born in 1945 on the island of Aruba to Arthur and Wilhelmina Bunyan. Her parents had moved from Guyana to Aruba in the 1930s, looking for better work opportunities. The family immigrated to the United States when Bunyan was just eleven years old, after her father accepted a job with a company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Arthur Bunyan always stressed the importance of education to his children and at one point all members of the family were enrolled in local schools, each studying for an undergraduate degree. Bunyan herself received her B.A. degree in English and education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Still in college, she worked as a free-lance writer for the Milwaukee Journal.

Bunyan went on to attend the Columbia University School of Journalism in 1970. After school, she worked in broadcasting with Boston’s WGBH-TV and later New York’s WCBS-TV. In 1973, Bunyan became the lead news anchor and reporter at WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. After working on the Eyewitness News Team, she became a co-anchor with Gordon Peterson and remained in this position until she resigned in 1995. Bunyan returned to school to receive her M.A. degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1980. As a lead news anchor, Bunyan covered major local, national, and international stories, traveling to Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Bunyan established a reputation as a clear-thinking, clear-spoken, fair-minded and dependable newsperson. From 1997-1999, Bunyan served as the chief correspondent for PBS’ Religions and Ethics Newsweekly.

In 1999, Bunyan joined WJLA-TV ABC 7 News in Washington D.C. as a primary anchor. Five years later, she was reunited with co-anchor Gordon Peterson for the 6:00pm EST news. During her career, Bunyan also served as a frequent substitute host for Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio and The Derek McGinty Show on WAMU Radio. Bunyan was one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists in 1975, as well as the International Women’s Media Foundation in 1990. She has won a number of awards including Journalist of the Year in 1992, the Immigrant Achievement Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation in 2002, as well as receiving a number of local Emmys for her captivating work.

Maureen Bunyan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 29, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Maureen Bunyan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maureen Bunyan lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maureen Bunyan describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maureen Bunyan describes the socio-economic history of Guiana and her family's civic participation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maureen Bunyan describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maureen Bunyan describes the racial diversity of Guiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maureen Bunyan describes her father's growing up in Guiana, his interrupted education, and her family's move to Aruba and then to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maureen Bunyan talks about his father's education in Wisconsin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maureen Bunyan describes how her parents met in Guiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her parents' personalities, their influence on her, her mother's death, and her family's life in Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her sisters and her family's life in Aruba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maureen Bunyan describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maureen Bunyan describes the cultural diversity of Aruba, where she was born and spent her early childhood years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her family's move from Aruba to the United States in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maureen Bunyan describes her family's adjustment to life in the United Stated in the 1950s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maureen Bunyan describes her family's adjustment to life in the United Stated in the 1950s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her father as her role model
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maureen Bunyan describes her family's life in Aruba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maureen Bunyan describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Aruba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maureen Bunyan talks about attending school and church in Aruba, and her father purchasing one of the earliest imported cars in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maureen Bunyan contrasts her experience in school in Aruba with her experience in Wisconsin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maureen Bunyan contrasts her experience in school in Aruba with her education in Wisconsin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her family's move to the U.S. in 1956, and having to adjust to the differences in climate and culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maureen Bunyan talks about the supportive community in Muskego, Wisconsin during the time of her mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her involvement in her school newspaper and her introduction to public speaking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her mother's struggle with breast cancer, and her family's financial hardship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her family's emotional distress during her mother's struggle with breast cancer and upon her death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maureen Bunyan talks about being prone to depression, and managing it with exercise and music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her father's spiritual quest following her mother's death, and his joining the Baha'i faith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maureen Bunyan describes the Baha'i faith and her own views on faith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maureen Bunyan describes her experience with discrimination at Eau Claire State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her stay with a German family in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and the small number of minority students at Eau Claire College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maureen Bunyan talks about dropping out of Eau Claire State College, moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maureen Bunyan talks about running away from home in 1964, and traveling to Europe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maureen Bunyan describes her experience in Germany and returning home after spending several months in Europe in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her exposure to the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maureen Bunyan talks about the open housing movement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her interest in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her internship and freelance assignments at the 'Milwaukee Journal'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maureen Bunyan talks about black reporters in Milwaukee in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maureen Bunyan reflects upon the socio-political scene in America in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maureen Bunyan reflects upon her role as a journalist during the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maureen Bunyan talks about attending the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's Summer Program for Minorities and Women in 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maureen Bunyan talks about her experience at WITI television station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin