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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Correspondent
Corporate Recruiter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Peach), Greens (Turnip), Macaroni, Cheese, Bread (Rolls), Barbecue Pork
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
He Was A Pretty Good Fella, But He Could Have Been Better.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1948
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Correspondent
Corporate Recruiter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Peach), Greens (Turnip), Macaroni, Cheese, Bread (Rolls), Barbecue Pork
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
He Was A Pretty Good Fella, But He Could Have Been Better.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1948
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Newspaper correspondent and corporate recruiter Reginald Stuart was born on November 26, 1948 in Nashville Tennessee. He was raised by his parents with his older siblings, William H. Stuart, Jr., and Cassandra Stuart Woods. While attending Pearl High School, in Nashville, he worked as a disc jockey and had his own radio show. In 1965, he graduated from Pearl High and, three years later, earned his B.S. degree in sociology from Tennessee State University. After working a short time for The Nashville Tennessean as a general assignment reporter and for WSIX-TV-AM-FM, the local ABC affiliate, Stuart received his M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1971.

In 1974, Stuart became a business and finance reporter for The New York Times. During his 13 years there, he also worked as national correspondent bureau chief in Detroit, Michigan, Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida. He covered the 1979 federal government bailout of the Chrysler Corporation. Stuart released a book based on the stories, Bailout: The Story Behind America’s Billion Dollar Gamble on the “New” Chrysler Corporation. In Atlanta, Stuart reported on police investigations of a series of unsolved cases of missing and murdered children. He continued to write articles on the federal government’s deregulation of major industries throughout the 1980s.

In 1987, Stuart left the Times and joined Knight Ridder Newspapers, Inc., as the Washington-based national affairs correspondent for the Philadelphia Daily News. There, he covered the 1988 presidential election and 1990 Census. Stuart’s 1994 Emerge Magazine article about Kemba Smith, a young woman sent to prison for 24.5 years based on new federal mandatory sentencing laws regarding illegal drugs, was credited with generating the popular and political support that persuaded then President Bill Clinton to commute her prison sentence to time served. Afterward, he moved to the Knight Ridder Washington News Bureau news desk as an assistant editor, a post he held through 1996. In 1997, he was hired as Knight Ridder’s corporate recruiter, finding individuals for newsroom and business positions, and coordinating Knight Ridder’s early career talent development programs, including the Knight Ridder Scholars Program and Native American Internship Program.

Stuart was elected national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994. He received the Ida B. Wells Award for promoting diversity in journalism, the Leadership in Diversity Award from the Asian American Journalists Association and the Wells Memorial Key from the Society of Professional Journalists. Stuart is married to Daryl Thomas Stuart with whom he has three children, Reginald II, Nicholas and Andrea.

Reginald Stuart was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 08/29/2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reginald Stuart's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart describes his maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart describes his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart talks about his mother, Maxie Allen
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart talks about his parents and St. Luke CME church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reginald Stuart talks about his siblings and the proximity of his extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reginald Stuart describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reginald Stuart describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reginald Stuart describes the sounds of growing up in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart talks about his father's Scrabble talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart remembers listening to music at Club Baron in Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart remembers listening to music at Club Baron in Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart describes the sights and smells of growing up in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart recalls creating a neighborhood newspaper as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart describes his elementary school memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart describes his neighborhood newspaper, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart describes his neighborhood newspaper, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart talks about his epilepsy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart describes attending Washington Junior High School and Pearl High School in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart recalls Civil Rights activism in Nashville, Tennessee during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart remembers the integration of Nashville, Tennessee in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart describes his activities at Pearl High School in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart talks about attending Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart describes managing The Fabulous Nu-Tones during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart talks about being a disc jockey during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart remembers WAC radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart talks about regional differences in musical tastes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart talks about majoring in sociology at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart describes his professors at Tennessee State University in Nashaville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart talks about being hired at the Nashville Tennessean in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart talks about John Seigenthaler
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart talks about his job search after graduating from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart describes working at the Nashville Tennessean
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reginald Stuart talks about how the journalism profession has changed since he started
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart talks about working for WSIX, the ABC news affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart describes the stories he covered for ABC TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart talks about the signal problem with WSIX TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart describes his decision to attend Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart describes covering the 1970 election while at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart recalls turning down a job offer from Walter Cronkite
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart talks about the stories he covered in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart recalls being hired by The New York Times in 1974, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart recalls being hired by The New York Times in 1974, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart talks about becoming the business writer at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart talks about covering the 1970s energy crisis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart talks about being the New York Times Bureau Chief in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart talks about covering Chrysler's Lee Iacocca as the New York Times Bureau Chief in Detroit
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart talks about covering the Haitian immigrant crisis as the New York Times Miami Bureau Chief
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart talks about covering Wayne Williams, an alleged serial killer of children in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart talks about covering Wayne Williams, an alleged serial killer of children in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart describes leaving The New York Times in 1987
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart describes covering the 1988 Presidential campaign for the Philadelphia Daily News
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart describes the 1988 Democratic Presidential debate
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart talks about working for Knight Ridder Newspapers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart describes the Knight Ridders Scholars and other programs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart describes writing about Kemba Smith for Emerge magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart talks about mandatory sentencing drug laws
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart describes Kemba Smith's story
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart talks about the public's reaction to his story "Kemba's Nightmare"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart talks about following up on his story "Kemba's Nightmare"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart talks about the social impact of his story "Kemba's Nightmare"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart talks about his awards
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart talks about being a corporate recruiter for McClatchy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reginald Stuart describes the guests at the National Press Club luncheon, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Reginald Stuart describes the guests at the National Press Club luncheon, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Reginald Stuart talks about his involvement with the Society for Professional Journalists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Reginald Stuart talks about The National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Reginald Stuart reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reginald Stuart describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Reginald Stuart talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Reginald Stuart reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Reginald Stuart describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Reginald Stuart narrates his photographs