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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist
Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Any Time I'm Alive
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Stuck On Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1946
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist
Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Any Time I'm Alive
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Stuck On Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1946
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Cameraman and producer Robert Tutman was born on October 15, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tutman initially worked as a still photographer until 1968, when he was hired as a cameraman for NBC’s WBAL-TV in Baltimore. In 1970, Tutman moved to CBS Network News in Chicago, Illinois, becoming the company’s first African American cameraman. For the next twenty-five years, Tutman covered national and international news stories for CBS. He also taught as an associate professor at Columbia University in 1973 through the Michelle Clark Minority Fellowship.

From 1995 to 1999, Tutman served as a senior cameraman for Chicago’s WBBM-TV, where he worked on breaking news stories, from hard news to feature pieces, documentaries, special projects and long format programs. In 1996, Tutman established his own production company, and, from 1999 to 2001 he produced fifty half-hour programs and twelve three-hour specials for the Chicago Public Schools. He went on to serve as a producer for Monument City Films in Baltimore from 2001 to 2002; and, in 2003, became a producer for WYCC-TV, a PBS station based in Chicago. Tutman later worked as director of photography for The Africa Channel and as a producer at Chicago Film Works. His film credits include The Providence Effect and Common Enemy.

Tutman’s honors include Emmy Award nominations as well as the Gold Camera Award, which he received during the 1996 Chicago Industrial Film Festival for his work on Common Enemy. He has also served as president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Tutman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 22, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman talks about his mother's upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman talks about his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Tutman describes his earliest memory of school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Tutman remembers his neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert Tutman describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Robert Tutman remembers his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman talks about the development of social policies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman recalls his early frustrations with school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman remembers learning about Frances Watkins Harper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman describes his experiences as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman describes how he became interested in photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman remembers his first professional photography lessons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman remembers his high school photography club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman talks about Baltimore City College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Tutman recalls his introduction to the photography community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert Tutman remembers working at a Chinese restaurant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Robert Tutman recalls his decision to attend Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Robert Tutman talks about his decision to complete two extra years of high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman remembers his family's reaction to his delayed high school graduation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman recalls his decision to leave college and work in a steel mill
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman talks about the African American community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman recalls his start as a professional cameraman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman recalls the opportunities for black reporters during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman remembers covering the assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman remembers his hiring as a cameraman for CBS News
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman remembers covering the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman describes Emperor Hirohito's visit to the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman remembers meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman recalls his conversation with Rosa Parks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman talks about his colleagues at CBS News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman talks about his friendship with Ed Bradley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman talks about the private personalities of television reporters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman remembers the election of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman recalls covering Walter Mondale's vice presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman describes his interviews with Walter Mondale
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert Tutman remembers Walter Mondale's intervention on behalf of his grandmother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman reflects upon his friendship with Walter Mondale
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman describes his involvement with the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman describes his involvement with the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman talks about DeWayne Wickham
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman remembers leaving the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman talks about the physical demands of newsreel videography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman reflects upon the changes in management at CBS News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman remembers being captured while reporting overseas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman talks about the dangers of working as a news cameraman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert Tutman talks about challenging the prejudice of white reporters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Robert Tutman reflects upon his passion for newsreel videography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman describes his travel schedule as a cameraman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman talks about balancing his career and personal life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman talks about minimizing his exposure to danger
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman describes the risks of covering events like September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman talks about his involvement in education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman describes his work on feature and documentary films
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Tutman remembers his awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Tutman describes his work with The Africa Channel
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Tutman remembers joining Chicago Film Works
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robert Tutman reflects upon the changes in video technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Robert Tutman talks about his camera preferences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Robert Tutman describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Robert Tutman reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Robert Tutman reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert Tutman reflects upon his relationship with DeWayne Wickham
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert Tutman describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert Tutman shares his concerns for the future of black journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Robert Tutman talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Robert Tutman reflects upon the importance of practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Robert Tutman describes how he would like to be remembered