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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Correspondent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish (Red Snapper)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Casa Del Sol
Favorite Quote:
Be Cool.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1933
Birth Location:
Montgomery, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Correspondent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish (Red Snapper)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Casa Del Sol
Favorite Quote:
Be Cool.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1933
Birth Location:
Montgomery
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Biography

Distinguished veteran print journalist and activist Paul Delaney was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 13, 1933. Delaney attended Ohio State University where he received his B.A. degree in journalism. Paul Delaney’s writing and leadership as a proponent of civil and humanitarian rights has led to his distinction and recognition as a journalist, humanitarian, scholar and activist.

Delaney’s career began at the Atlanta Daily World amidst the Civil Rights Movement. While at the Atlanta Daily World, Delaney covered some of the most important figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement. From Atlanta, Delaney went to work for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, and the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. Delaney next joined the New York Times Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered urban affairs, politics, and civil rights. Delaney served in the Chicago Bureau of the New York Times as bureau chief in Madrid, Spain, an editor on the national news desk, and senior editor for newsroom administration. Paul Delaney spent twenty-three years with the New York Times as an editor and correspondent where he rose to national prominence as an African American journalist. Delaney became recognized for being one of the most prominent journalists of African American heritage in the world. Delaney served from 1992 to 1996 as the first African American chair of the University of Alabama’s journalism department, editor of the editorial page of Our World News from 1996 to 1998, and wrote editorials for the Baltimore Sun from 1999 to 2000.

Delaney was one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Overseas Press Club; the Society of Silurians; the Society of Professional Journalists; and the board for National Public Radio. Delaney was also on the selection committee for the Media Fellows in Health Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Delaney went on to direct the Initiative on Racial Mythology of the Gene Media Forum sponsored by Syracuse University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Delaney lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Delaney talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Delaney talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Delaney talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Delaney lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Delaney describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Delaney describes his family life and community in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Delaney describes the sights, sounds and smells of his neighborhood in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Delaney describes his childhood personality and lists his favorite teachers from elementary and high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Paul Delaney talks about his childhood aspirations to travel and write
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Paul Delaney describes his activities during high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Paul Delaney talks about his college experience and being stationed in Bordeaux, France while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Delaney recalls trying to rattle student complacency when he was an editor of The Ohio State University's paper, The Lantern in the mid-1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Delaney recalls race relations at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio during the mid-1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Delaney talks about trying to find a job in journalism after graduating from college and being hired by the Atlanta Daily World in 1959
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Delaney recalls moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960 and the reaction of the city's leaders to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Delaney talks about his early reporting for the Atlanta Daily World and lists figures from the Civil Rights Movement he met in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Delaney reflects upon Atlanta Daily World editor C.A. Scott's opposition to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Delaney talks about being a probation officer and being hired by the Dayton Daily News in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Delaney talks about working as a reporter for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Paul Delaney talks about covering Washington, D.C.'s government, following its reorganization in 1967, for the Washington Star
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Delaney talks about starting the Atlanta Inquirer and the opposition to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Delaney recalls the national trends he covered as an urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times during the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Delaney recalls his reporting for the New York Times Chicago Bureau from 1974 through 1977, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Delaney reflects upon the media coverage of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Delaney recalls his reporting for the New York Times Chicago Bureau from 1974 through 1977, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Delaney talks about becoming an editor of The New York Times in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Delaney reflects upon the resistance to U.S. foreign policy in Arab countries in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Delaney reflects upon the changes in Spain after the end of Francisco Franco's dictatorship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Paul Delaney talks about the pressure living overseas puts on a journalist's family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Delaney talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Delaney recalls living in Madrid, Spain when he was the New York Times bureau chief in Madrid, Spain
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Delaney talks about addressing the lack of diversity in the New York Times newsroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Delaney remembers the formation of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 1975
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Delaney talks about being the chair of the journalism department at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Delaney details his career since 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paul Delaney reflects upon representations of hip hop by the media and the progress of African American professionals in the media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Paul Delaney reflects upon the role of media in American society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Paul Delaney remembers his mentors at the Atlanta Daily World, Dayton Daily News and New York Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Paul Delaney reflects upon the next generation of journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Delaney reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Delaney shares advice for people interested in a career in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Delaney reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Delaney describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Delaney reflects upon memorable life lessons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul Delaney talks about the employment crisis for young African American men
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul Delaney describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Paul Delaney explains why he believes history is important
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Paul Delaney reflects upon his legacy