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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak, Chicken, Hamburgers, and French Fries.
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
It Takes A Giant To Bend.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1948
Birth Location:
Lansing, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak, Chicken, Hamburgers, and French Fries.
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
It Takes A Giant To Bend.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1948
Birth Location:
Lansing
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Roslyn Maria “Roz” Abrams was born on September 7, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan. She received her B.S. degree in sociology from Western Michigan University, and her M.S. degree in speech from the University of Michigan.

Abrams worked first as a reporter for WJIM in Lansing, Michigan, and then as an anchor and reporter for WSB-AM radio from 1975 to 1978. She went on to work as a news reporter/anchor at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia from 1978 to 1982, at CNN from 1982 to 1983, and at KRON-TV in San Francisco, California from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, Abrams joined WABC-TV in New York City, first as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter, and later as co-anchor of Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. She was the first African American female journalist to join WABC-TV, and the second anchorwoman of color in the New York City television market. While there, Abrams covered a number of major stories and events, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; the blackout of 2003; the end of apartheid in South Africa; and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She left WABC-TV in 2003; and, in 2004, was hired by New York City’s WCBS-TV as the co-anchor of CBS2 News at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Abrams left WCBS-TV in 2006 and retired from journalism in 2010.

Abrams was the first African American vice president of the Atlanta Press Club. She has served on the editorial advisory board of “Making Waves,” a quarterly publication of American Women in Radio and Television. Abrams served as an advisory board member for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she also funds a scholarship program. In addition, she has served on the board of Women in Film and the New York City Police Athletic League, and as co-chair of New York Reads Together and CAUSE-NY.

Abrams received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for the special "The Sounds of Harlem," and received the Ed Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She won a local Emmy in 2004 and a Gracie Award in 2006. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the New York Institute of Technology, and has been named a news legend by the Friars Club. In 2013, Abrams received the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Women’s Agenda.

Abrams resides in Westchester County, New York. She has two grown daughters, Denise and Melissa, and four grandchildren.

Roz Abrams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 17, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams talks about her mother, Esther Caldwell Abrams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams describes her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams talks about her two siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about the impact of her parents' divorce on her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roz Abrams talks about her parents' divorce and their support for her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roz Abrams describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Roz Abrams recalls being disciplined as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Roz Abrams remembers her grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Roz Abrams talks about going to therapy after her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams talks about her father's photography and her mother's ambition for her children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams shares her memories of family gatherings during the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams describes her childhood neighborhood and her mother's determination to expose her to cultural activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams talks about growing up with a prettier older sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams describes her admission to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams talks about her experience at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about her graduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams describes her entry into journalism at WJIM TV in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roz Abrams describes her career as a broadcast journalist in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Roz Abrams talks about groundbreaking African American journalists including HistoryMakers Jocelyn Dorsey, Monica Kaufman, Xernona Clayton, and Belva Davis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams describes her husband, Kenneth Showers, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams describes her husband, Kenneth Showers, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams describes her experience at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams recalls black anchors in Atlanta, Georgia and the decline of African Americans on air
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams talks about reporting and mistakes on air
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams talks about lessons she learned from her mentor at CNN, Bob Cain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams describes her move from CNN to KRON TV in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roz Abrams talks about working with agents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams talks about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams describes how she attracted viewers in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams talks about her colleagues at KRON TV including HistoryMaker Belva Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams talks about her decision to leave KRON TV for WABC TV in New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams talks about her adopted daughters, Denise and Melissa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams recalls her acquaintances in the Bay Area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about juggling home life while working as an anchor in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams describes working at WABC TV with Oprah Winfrey, Melba Tolliver, Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams talks about her priorities as an anchor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams talks about her early years, her co-anchors, and the news director at WABC TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams talks about learning to fulfill beauty standards as an anchorwoman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams talks about Roger Grimsby and her mentor, Chickie Bucco
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams recalls memorable stories from her news career, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams recalls memorable stories from her news career, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about her least favorite assignments and her weekly magazine show "New York Views"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams recalls the consequences of asking a gotcha question during HistoryMaker David Dinkins' mayoral debate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams talks about HistoryMaker David Dinkins' mayoral term
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Roz Abrams talks about the Northeast blackout of 2003 and New York City's communities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Roz Abrams remembers her father, Herbert Abrams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Roz Abrams talks about her father and his attempts to trace the family genealogy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Roz Abrams talks about leaving WABC TV for WCBS TV
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Roz Abrams describes her activities after leaving her news career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Roz Abrams talks about the end of her marriage to Kenneth Showers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Roz Abrams talks about retired life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Roz Abrams talks about her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Roz Abrams reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Roz Abrams talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Roz Abrams describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Roz Abrams narrates her photographs