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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Education Is The Only Solution.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Education Is The Only Solution.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Paul Berry was born on February 15, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised by his grandmother Annie M. Talley. Berry joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and graduated from the Department of Defense Information School. He went on to serve with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) assigned to the Tuy Hoa Air Force Base in Vietnam, where he worked as program director and sportscaster. While on assignment, Berry established the first independent FM radio station in South Vietnam.

In 1969, Berry was hired as an anchor and reporter at the ABC-owned outlet WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Michigan. In 1972, he joined ABC-7 (WJLA-TV) in Washington, D.C., where he served as senior news anchor. Berry went on to establish two of WJLA’s community service programs, "Crimesolvers" and "Seven on Your Side."

In 1999, Berry left the news desk and hosted Washington, D.C.'s “The Paul Berry Show” for a number of years. He has also produced and hosted his own nationally syndicated weekly radio talk show, “Home & Family Finances,” which is now entitled “Family Financials with Paul Berry.” The show is owned by Berry, sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and airs on Radio America Network. In addition, Berry established and heads the media consulting business Paul L. Berry & Associates, LLC. He is also a licensed realtor and founder of R & B Travel Agency.

Berry has been a member of several civic, charitable and professional organizations. He served on the boards of Ford's Theatre, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Neediest Kids, Inc., The Washington Jesuit Academy, and the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation. He was a member of the Talbot County Tax Assessment Board; named president of the Chesapeake Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and serves as commissioner for Maryland Public Television.

In 1982, Berry was the winner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ted Yates Award. Also, in 1982, Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry honored Berry by declaring November 12, "Paul Berry Day in the District." He received the 1986 Humanitarian Award of the National Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Leadership Conference; the 1989 Mid-Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association -Citizens Award; and the 1989 Olender Foundation’s Generous Heart Award. Washingtonian Magazine named Berry "Washingtonian of the Year" in 1991. He also won the 1993 Capital Region Emmy Award for Outstanding News Anchor, and in 1994, he was voted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Silver Circle." In addition, Berry has received community service awards from the National Capital Optimist Club and the Associated Press.

Berry is married to Amy Berry; they live in Easton, Maryland and have three children: Talley, Hudson and Paul.

Paul Berry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 28, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Berry talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Berry talks about his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about growing up in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Berry talks about growing up in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Berry talks about his current home in the Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Berry talks about his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Berry talks about his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Berry talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Berry describes his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Berry describes his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Berry describes his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about how his grandmother influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Berry talks about being taught to cook by his grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Berry talks about his sister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Berry describes his earliest childhood memory, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Berry describes his earliest childhood memory, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Berry describes his memories of Highland Park, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about Joe Louis Barrow
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Berry describes living in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Berry describes living in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Berry describes the Church of God church near Swanton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Paul Berry describes listening to the radio with his grandfather
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Berry talks about the role of radio and television in his childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Berry talks about being on television for the first time as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Berry describes the issues with school integration in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Berry describes the issues with school integration in Swanton, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about moving back to Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about moving back to Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paul Berry talks about joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Berry describes experiencing racism at Gunther Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Berry describes experiencing racism at Gunther Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Berry describes his time in the Air Force, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Berry describes his time in the Air Force, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about arriving in Vietnam in 1968 after the Tet Offensive
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul Berry describes beginning the first FM radio station during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul Berry describes announcing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination to the troops
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Paul Berry remembers his time at the radio station in Vietnam
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Paul Berry talks about his first foray into civilian broadcasting, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Paul Berry talks about his first foray into civilian broadcasting, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Paul Berry reflects on being a good journalist and his role at WXYZ
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about his role at WXYZ
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about broadcasting in Detroit, Michigan and being hired in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Paul Berry talks about news anchor Max Robinson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Paul Berry recalls leaving Detroit, Michigan for Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Paul Berry recalls backlash to his report on Howard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Paul Berry recalls backlash to his report on Howard University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Paul Berry talks about Max Robinson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Paul Berry talks about working for BET
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about HistoryMaker Marion Barry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Paul Berry talks about HistoryMaker Marion Barry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Paul Berry remembers Petey Greene
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Paul Berry talks about a conflict with another journalist
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Paul Berry talks about the Watergate scandal
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Paul Berry talks about his show "7 On Your Side," pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Paul Berry talks about his show "7 On Your Side," pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Paul Berry talks about his show "Crime Solvers"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Paul Berry recalls his various achievements
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Paul Berry talks about Washington D.C. public schools
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Paul Berry narrates his photographs