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Robert H. Jordan, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
God Gave Us Memory So That We Might Have Roses In December.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1943
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
God Gave Us Memory So That We Might Have Roses In December.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1943
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

WGN-TV News anchorman Robert Jordan was born Robert Howard Jordan, Jr. on August 31, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia to Millicent Dobbs Jordan, a college professor, and Robert H. Jordan, Sr., a dentist. Jordan began his career in broadcast journalism by serving as a booth announcer for WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. That same year, he was married to Sharon E. Lundy. Then, in 1973 he was hired as a general assignment reporter for WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois. Jordan worked for the WGN-TV One o’clock news while pursuing his B.A. degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

After graduating from Roosevelt University in 1977, Jordan joined the CBS News Midwest bureau in Chicago. He worked there for two years, covering stories throughout the Midwest, for the Evening News with Walter Cronkite. In 1980, Jordan returned to WGN-TV’s news team where he wrote and produced several stories including a documentary on the Atlanta Child Murders. He also went on to write a series on the nationalization of the U.S. dollar entitled “Peso Rich; Dollar Poor”. During the 1980s, Jordan served as a board member and trustee for the Chicago Sinfonietta, John Shedd Aquarium (where he currently continues to be an active trustee) and Evanston Hospital.

In 1994, Jordan decided to further his education by earning his M.A. degree in speech from Northeastern Illinois University. He would later earn his Ph.D. in philosophy of education with a minor in ethics in 2000, from Loyola University Chicago.

Aside from working as an anchorman, Jordan has written two screenplays, Anthony’s Key and Multiman. In 1995, he joined the board of the Safer Foundation and the following year, Jordan became a board member at the Night Ministry. He founded his own production company, Jordan & Jordan Communications, Inc. in 1997.

Jordan lives with his wife, Sharon, in Lincolnwood, Illinois. They have one daughter, Karen, also a reporter/anchor in Chicago. Her husband, Christian Farr, is a reporter/anchor with the PBS station in Chicago.

Jordan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 18, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about his maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about the history of the Pullman Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his maternal grandfather's travels
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about the history of Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his maternal grandfather's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. lists his maternal family members, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. lists his maternal family members, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers living with his maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his maternal grandfather's childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his maternal family's Sunday dinners
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about his mother's interest in African art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his mother's demonstration at Spelman College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes the smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers the First Congregational Church of Atlanta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his religious philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his family's religious activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his early interest in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers his parents' employment in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls returning with his family to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his early interest in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers playing varsity basketball with Walt Frazier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes the basketball court at his home in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers his early interest in biology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers being drafted into the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls serving with the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers working at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his start in the broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his experiences as a television reporter in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers the civil unrest of 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers developing an appreciation of country music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes the changes in the media industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about diversity in the television industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes the lack of diversity among broadcast executives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls his transition to WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers reporting for the 'CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. recalls a memorable news report
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his pursuit of higher education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about his dissertation research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes the television news industry's crime coverage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his reporting style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about the anchors and audience of WGN-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about WGN-TV's worldwide popularity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers founding Jordan and Jordan Communications, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. remembers writing about his cancer treatment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. talks about the importance of The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert H. Jordan, Jr. narrates his photographs