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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1946
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1946
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Newspaper editor Milton R. Coleman was born on November 29, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Coleman grew up in the Hillside Terrace public housing project in Milwaukee. He attended Fourth Street Elementary School and then graduated from Lincoln Junior and Senior High School. Coleman received his B.F.A. degree in music history and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1971, he was named a Southern Education Foundation Fellow. In 1974, Coleman was awarded a fellowship to attend the Michele Clark Summer Program for Minority Journalists at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Coleman began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Milwaukee Courier. He then worked as a reporter and editor for several minority-oriented news outlets, including the African World newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina; the All-African News Service; WHUR-FM in Washington, D.C.; and the Community News Service of New York. Coleman also worked at a major metropolitan newspaper, the Minneapolis Star, before joining the The Washington Post in 1976 as a reporter on the metropolitan desk where he covered politics and government in Montgomery County, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 1980, he was promoted to the city editor. Coleman then moved to the national news staff in 1983 where he covered minorities and immigration, the 1984 Presidential campaign, state and local governments, and the U.S. Congress. In 1986, he was hired as the assistant managing editor for the metropolitan news where he directed the newspapers local coverage. In July of 1996, Coleman was promoted to deputy managing editor of The Washington Post.

Coleman is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Inter-American Press Association. He served as a member of the nominating committee for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism and as the chairman of the Seldon Ring Award for Investigative Reporting Judging Committee. In April of 2010, Coleman was elected as the president of the American Society of News Editors; and, in October of 2011, he was elected as the president of Inter-American Press Association. In 2012, Coleman was selected as the inaugural University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation Alumni Fellow.

Milton R. Coleman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Milton Coleman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman remembers his maternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman remembers his maternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman describes his likeness to his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman talks about his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman recalls moving to the Hillside Terrace housing projects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman describes the Hillside Terrace housing project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman talks about the history of the Great Migration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman talks about the history of Great Migration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman remembers his experiences in primary and secondary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman recalls the basketball team at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman recalls his primary school mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman describes his early encounters with media and editing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman talks about the talents of his brother, Jerome.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman describes his interest in sports when he was young, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman describes his interest in sports when he was young, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman recalls secondary teachers and individuals that inspired him, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman recalls secondary teachers and individuals that inspired him, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman recalls secondary teachers and individuals that inspired him, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman talks about his involvement in organizations as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Milton Coleman recalls his honors and awards in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman recalls enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman talks about Professor Edith Borroff
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman recalls changing his focus to African American ethnomusicology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman describes his involvement with the black student movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman recalls his introduction to journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman remembers writing for Negro Digest
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman recalls his introduction to Hoyt W. Fuller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman talks about his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman recalls directing the Soul Shack program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman describes his role at the Milwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman remembers moving to North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman talks about the Student Organization for Black Unity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman describes his reasons for founding the All African News Service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman talks about his early challenges at the All African News Service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman recalls the reporters and writers at the All African News Service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman talks about the emergence of black organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman remembers joining the staff of WHUR Radio in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman remembers the Michele Clark Summer Program for Minority Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman describes his experiences at Columbia University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman describes his transition to the Minneapolis Star
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman recalls his experiences at the Minneapolis Star
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman describes his decision to join the staff of the Washington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman recalls his start at The Washington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman remembers Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Milton Coleman remembers Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Milton Coleman talks about gun violence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Milton Coleman remembers his promotion to city editor of The Washington Post
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Milton Coleman remembers covering the black community for The Washington Post
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Milton Coleman remembers Janet Cooke's article about a child heroin addict, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Milton Coleman remembers Janet Cooke's article about a child heroin addict, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Milton Coleman recalls his doubts about Janet Cooke's reporting, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Milton Coleman recalls his doubts about Janet Cooke's reporting, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Milton Coleman describes the aftermath of the Janet Cooke scandal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Milton Coleman talks about the importance of journalistic integrity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Milton Coleman recalls the impact of the Janet Cooke scandal on his career