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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Health Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Well All Right

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1947
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Health Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Well All Right

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1947
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Journalist Richard Prince was born on July 26, 1947 in New York, New York, to Jonathan and Audrey Prince. Prince was raised in Roosevelt, Long Island, where he graduated from high school in 1964. Then, while a student at New York University, where he graduated in 1969 with his B.S. degree in journalism, he worked as a newspaper reporter for Newark, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger.

Upon graduation, Prince was hired as a reporter for the Washington Post. In 1972, he and six other African American reporters filed a complaint against the Washington Post with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Their case for equal opportunity in the workplace triggered other similar events at news agencies across the country. In 1979, Prince accepted a new position as assistant metro editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. Two years later, he was promoted to assistant news editor. Then, in 1985, Prince was promoted again to editorial writer and columnist. From 1988 to 1993, his columns at the Democrat and Chronicle were syndicated by the Gannett News Service for publication in other newspapers across the country, giving Prince nationwide attention. Finally, in 1993, he was promoted once more to editor of the “Speaking Out” page.

In 1992, Prince became a founding member of the William Monroe Trotter Group, an association of African American newspaper columnists. Then, in 1994, he was hired as the publications editor of the organization Communities In Schools. Prince would stay in that position until 1998, when he became the interim director of communications at the National Association of Black Journalists. After shortly serving in that role, Prince returned to the Washington Post in 1999 as a part-time copy editor on the foreign desk, while working in investigative journalism for two years as editor of The Public i, an online news report of the Center for Public Integrity. In 2002, he became founding editor of the news service Black College Wire and also began writing his own column entitled Richard Prince’s Journal-isms through the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

In 2010, Kent State University awarded Prince the Robert G. McGruder Award for his accomplishments in encouraging journalism diversity. In 2013, he was awarded the Ida B. Wells Award, presented by the Medill School at Northwestern University and the National Association of Black Journalists. Prince has also chaired the Diversity Committee of the Association of Opinion Journalists.

Richard Prince was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Richard Prince narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Richard Prince's interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Prince lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Prince describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Prince describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Prince talks about his paternal grandparents' West Indian background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Prince talks about his parents' childhoods in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Prince describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Prince talks about his father's education and service in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Richard Prince describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Richard Prince considers which parent he takes after most
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Richard Prince describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Richard Prince talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Richard Prince talks briefly about the history of his family's name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Richard Prince describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Richard Prince talks about the influence of the Presbyterian church in his his childhood community in Roosevelt, Long Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Richard Prince describes his childhood community in Roosevelt, Long Island,
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Richard Prince talks about segregation in Roosevelt, Long Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 18 - Richard Prince talks about his short-lived experience in kindergarten
  • Tape: 2 Story: 19 - Richard Prince remembers his first experience with overt racism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Prince remembers an influential sixth grade teacher at Long Island Grade School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Prince recalls having an early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Prince talks about cultural diversity in Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Prince recalls the names of newspapers his family kept at home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Prince talks about the absence of mentors in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Prince talks about developing an interest in journalism in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Prince talks about his experiences at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School in Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Prince talks about being the first person in his family to go to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Prince talks about popular music in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Richard Prince recalls attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Richard Prince recalls attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Richard Prince talks about graduating from Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School in Long Island, New York in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Richard Prince talks about choosing to attend New York University in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Richard Prince describes his experience at New York University in New York City, New York in 1964, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Richard Prince describes his experience at New York University in New York City, New York in 1964, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Richard Prince remembers the faculty advisors in the journalism department at New York University in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Prince describes covering the 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersey for the Star-Ledger newspaper, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Prince describes covering the 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersey riots for the Star-Ledger newspaper, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Prince talks about joining the United States National Guard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Prince talks about the cultural transition from "Negro" to "Black"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Prince talks about finishing his degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Prince explains how he was hired to the Washington Post in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Prince talks about his experience in the U.S. National Guard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Prince talks about the Metro Seven's discrimination complaint against the Washington Post, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Richard Prince talks about the Metro Seven's discrimination complaint against the Washington Post, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Richard Prince lists the members of the Metro Seven
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Prince describes the requests made by the Metro Seven to the Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Prince describes the impact of the Metro Seven at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Prince talks about where the members of the Metro Seven are now
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Prince talks about black professionals organizing in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Prince talks about issues in public school education in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Prince talks about journalists' responsibility to their community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Prince talks about the Janet Cooke controversy at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Richard Prince describes covering the 1977 Hanafi Siege in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Richard Prince describes working at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Richard Prince talks about the African American history in Rochester, New York, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Richard Prince talks about the African American history in Rochester, New York, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Richard Prince describes Rochester, New York in the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Richard Prince describes his decision to return to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Richard Prince describes where he worked after returning to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Richard Prince recalls his whereabouts at the change of the millennium as well as on September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Richard Prince remembers an experience with HistoryMaker Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Richard Prince describes working on the Black College Wire, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Richard Prince describes working on the Black College Wire, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Richard Prince remembers how he got started at the Maynard Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Richard Prince talks about colorism in Central and South America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Richard Prince talks about the football boycott at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Richard Prince describes his writing style and journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Richard Prince talks about opportunities for young journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Richard Prince shares his advice to young journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Richard Prince talks about his awards
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Richard Prince considers what he would change about his past
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Richard Prince describes his future goals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Richard Prince considers his professional legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Richard Prince talks about the consequences of being a journalist
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Richard Prince expresses gratitude toward his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Richard Prince describes how he would like to be remembered