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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1947
Birth Location:
Gary, Indiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1947
Birth Location:
Gary
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Biography

Journalist Monroe Anderson III was born on April 6, 1947, in Gary, Indiana. Growing up and attending public schools in Gary, Anderson developed a keen interest in writing at an early age. After graduation from high school in Gary, Indiana, Anderson attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and received his B.A. degree in journalism and English literature. After completing his B.A. degree, Anderson worked as a reporter at the National Observer, as assistant editor of Ebony magazine, and as a correspondent for Newsweek magazine prior to joining the Chicago Tribune. In the late 1980s, Anderson worked as the press secretary for democratic Mayor Eugene Sawyer.

Later in his career, Anderson taught feature writing at Columbia College Chicago, and for thirteen years he was director of station services and community affairs at WBBM-TV (CBS2). During this time at CBS television station in Chicago, he became host and executive producer of the public affairs television show, Common Ground. Anderson is one of the co-authors of the nonfiction book Brothers, which was published by William Morrow & Company in 1988. During Anderson’s thirty-five-year career as an award-winning journalist, Anderson became a contributing author to Restoration 1989: Chicago elects a new Daley, a book published by Lyceum in 1991 detailing the 1989 Chicago mayoral election.

In 2003, Chicago publisher Hermene Hartman named Anderson as editor of N’DIGO, a black community newspaper, and in 2003, Anderson became the editor of SaVoy magazine. Anderson also serves as a board member to the Gilda’s Club, a cancer support center.

Anderson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson describes his maternal grandparents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson remembers his maternal grandmother and great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls his early work experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson describes his parents' return to Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Monroe Anderson remembers his home in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson describes the history of Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson talks about his father's profession
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson remembers his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson talks about his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson describes his community in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson talks about the notable residents of Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson remembers his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson recalls being injured in a scalding accident
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson describes his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Monroe Anderson remembers his fifth grade teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Monroe Anderson recalls the influence of his English teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Monroe Anderson remembers his early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson describes his theater experiences at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson remembers his math teachers at Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson recalls a lesson from his English teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson recalls joining the football and basketball teams at Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson talks about his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson recalls his experiences of bullying
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers his summer job at the U.S. Steel Corporation's Gary Works in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson recalls being fired from the U.S. Steel Corporation's Gary Works
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Monroe Anderson recalls obtaining a position at the Republic Steel Company in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Monroe Anderson recalls his first impressions of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson recalls his first impressions of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson talks about being harassed at Indiana University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson describes his professors at Indiana University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson recalls his social and academic challenges at Indiana University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson remembers his first car
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls switching his major to English
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson talks about his interest in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers the student movement at Indiana University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson talks about the start of his journalism career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson recalls covering the anti-war protests in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson remembers being assaulted by the police during the anti-war protests in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson reflects upon his summer internship at Newsweek
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson describes his activities after his internship at Newsweek
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson recalls his interest in the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson talks about his social life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson recalls a student protest at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers applying for journalist positions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson recalls working for The National Observer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson remembers interviewing the cast of 'Hair'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson remembers his celebrity interviews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson recalls joining the staff of Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson remembers meeting Billy Dee Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson describes his experiences at Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson recalls his challenges at Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers John H. Johnson's leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson recalls his first investigative article for the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson remembers the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson describes his early experiences at the Chicago Tribune, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson describes his early experiences at the Chicago Tribune, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson recalls his news coverage of Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson talks about his investigation of automotive repair shops
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls his investigation of cafeteria food in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson talks about his transition to columnist at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson recalls investigating the black tax in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson remembers his investigation of Noah Robinson, Jr.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson talks about the mayors of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson recalls the opposition to Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson remembers the boycott of ChicagoFest
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson describes Harold Washington's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson recalls the news coverage of Chicago's mayoral election in 1983
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson describes his experiences covering Chicago City Hall
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson describes his disputes with editor James D. Squires at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson recalls his decision to leave the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson recalls returning to Newsweek as a Midwest correspondent
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson describes his experiences as a Newsweek correspondent
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson remembers writing 'Brothers' with Sylvester Monroe
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls Mayor Harold Washington's press secretaries
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson recalls becoming the press secretary for Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers the election of Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson recalls becoming Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer's press secretary, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson recalls his experiences as the press secretary to Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson remembers travelling with Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson describes his experiences of political corruption in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson remembers Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson describes his challenges as press secretary to Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer's reelection campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson recalls Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer's reelection campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson remembers working for WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson recalls hosting the 'Common Ground' television program
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson remembers his celebrity interviews on 'Common Ground'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson recalls joining the board of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson talks about writing his novel
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson recalls his attempts to publish his novel
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson describes his chapter in 'Renaissance 1989: Chicago Elects a New Daley'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson recalls becoming the editor of N'DIGO magazine
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson talks about becoming the editor of Savoy magazine
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Monroe Anderson describes his column in the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Monroe Anderson remembers his friend, Leanita McClain
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Monroe Anderson talks about the difference between a columnist and a television host
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Monroe Anderson talks about grieving the death of his friend, Leanita McClain
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Monroe Anderson reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Monroe Anderson describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Monroe Anderson reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Monroe Anderson reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Monroe Anderson narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Monroe Anderson narrates his photographs, pt. 2