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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Media Executive
Television News Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asparagus
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Got A Man. I Got You.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1955
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Media Executive
Television News Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asparagus
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Got A Man. I Got You.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1955
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Paul Stanley Mason was born on September 14, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mason’s mother worked as a social worker and his father, a former Tuskegee Airman, was a dentist; his was the first black family in the Shaker Heights community where he grew up. In 1973, as senior class president, Mason graduated from Shaker Heights High School, where he played football and baseball and sang for the choir.

Mason attended Wesleyan University, earning his B.A. degree in classical civilization in 1977. During his senior year, Mason spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. Mason taught high school English at Friends Academy, where he also coached the basketball and football teams. Mason earned his masters degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1981; that same year, he received a fellowship to study the race riots in London, England. This assignment helped Mason land his first job with ABC News, working on the assignment desk and as an off-air reporter for the network.

After serving as operations producer for Good Morning America, Mason joined the Miami bureau of ABC in 1986, working as a field producer. In 1989, Mason was assigned to World News Tonight and later became the Miami-based producer for ABC News Primetime Live. In 1998, Mason joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, teaching at the Graduate School of Journalism while continuing to produce segments for 20/20 and Primetime Live. Mason then went on to serve as executive producer of Monday editions of Primetime Live and executive producer of World News Tonight Saturday and Sunday. In the latter capacity, Mason was responsible for the editorial content and production of the weekend evening news broadcasts.

In 2004, Mason was promoted to senior vice president of ABC News with day-to-day responsibility for Nightline, This Week, ABC News Radio, World News Now, World News This Morning and Good Morning America’s news inserts. Additionally, Mason oversaw the network’s coverage of both political conventions and general elections.

Mason has received numerous awards and honors, including an NAACP Image Award and several Emmy nominations.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Mason lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Mason describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Mason describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Mason describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Mason talks about his mother's career and civil rights work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Mason describes his parents' lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Mason describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Mason describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Mason lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Paul Mason describes his family's large holiday celebrations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Paul Mason remembers attending Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Paul Mason talks about his parents integrating Shaker Heights, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Paul Mason talks about his parents integrating Shaker Heights, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Mason talks about the history of integration in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Mason describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Mason remembers important teachers from Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Mason remembers the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Mason reflects upon his early awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Mason remembers his interests and activities at Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Mason remembers meeting Jim Brown and watching the Cleveland Browns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Mason describes his childhood experiences of church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Paul Mason talks about fitting in at Woodbury Junior High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Paul Mason remembers his influences while attending Woodbury Junior High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Mason recalls the impacts of black nationalism at Woodbury Junior High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Mason remembers his identity conflicts and ideals at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Mason explains how playing football at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut made him aware of social fissures
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Mason explains how his college studies of classics helped broaden his worldview
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Mason describes his experience teaching at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Mason talks about his initial interest in broadcast journalism at Columbia University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Mason remembers how his coverage of race riots in England in 1981 led to his first job at ABC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Mason remembers how his experience covering the Liverpool, England race riots confirmed his love of journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Mason recalls quitting ABC in 1981 and being re-hired for a producing job
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Mason talks about the lack of African American representation at ABC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Mason describes efforts to increase diversity in broadcast journalism in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Mason talks about being an operations producer for ABC's overnights news and the importance of editing news footage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Mason describes his hiring as producer for 'PrimeTime Live'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Mason talks about two episodes he produced on 'PrimeTime Live'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paul Mason talks about teaching at University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Paul Mason talks about the increasing commercialization of television news
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Mason talks about his position as senior vice president of news at ABC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Mason reflects upon the increased presence of African Americans in the media and in media representations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Mason reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Mason shares his future plans and goals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Mason describes how he would like to be remembered