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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm Doing The Best I Can With What Little I Have.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1952
Birth Location:
Annapolis, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm Doing The Best I Can With What Little I Have.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1952
Birth Location:
Annapolis
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Biography

Journalist Sandra Dawson Long Weaver was born on June 25, 1952 in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland, where she worked for the Black Explosion college newspaper and received her B.S. degree in journalism in 1974. She also worked as an intern for Newsweek, and went on to attend the Advanced Executive Program at the Northwestern Media Management Center.

Upon graduation from the University of Maryland in 1974, Long Weaver was hired as a staff reporter for the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. She then went on to work for Philadelphia’s Evening Bulletin as a reporter, copy editor and editorial writer before joining the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer as a correspondent in 1984, where she went on to become the first African American female managing editor. There she held several executive positions, including deputy managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2005 to 2007, and managing editor for Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC and the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2007 to 2008. Then, in 2008, Long Weaver was named vice president of newsroom operations for Philadelphia Media Holdings, and worked in both The Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News newsrooms.

In 2010, she established and became president and chief executive officer of the Dawson Media Group, a multi-media communications and consulting practice. Long Weaver left her position with Philadelphia Media Network in 2011, and went on to work as communications coordinator for United Methodist Communications and editorial director for the Tennessee Tribune. She created “Take 10 on Tuesdays” with the Tennessee Tribune, a weekly video series featuring African Americans in the Nashville area; and, in 2014, she launched Tea and Conversations with African American women, a networking and communications event.

Long Weaver is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and has served for many years as chairperson and publisher for the Acel Moore Minority Career Development Workshop at The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2011, she organized the first Founders Reception and the first “Divine Nine” breakfast for NABJ members. Long Weaver has served on the boards of African Women’s Development Fund USA and the Phillip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She also acted as the secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Long Weaver has received multiple awards, including the 2008 Woman of The Year Award given by the Philadelphia Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the 2007 Trailblazer Award from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and the 2007 Courage Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Cancer Society. In addition, she was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in arts and journalism.

Sandra Long Weaver was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 23, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her relationship with her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the history of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her mother's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers meeting her father for the first time
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her paternal family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the demographics of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her likeness to her parents and grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her community in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her community in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers segregation in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early education in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early education in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls working at the United States Naval Academy library in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers applying for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls writing for the Black Explosion student newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her experiences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers reading African American publications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers interning at Newsweek in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her decision to pursue a career in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the start of her journalism career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her experiences at The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver describes the community of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the publication of Alex Haley's 'Roots'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her colleagues at The News Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her experiences at the Evening Bulletin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about writing news headlines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the black journalists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the politics of the Philadelphia Bulletin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her career at the Philadelphia Bulletin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls being hired as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her career at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers the Janet Cooke scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the credibility of news media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her work as editor of finance and administration at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the changes at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her role as managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls becoming vice president of newsroom operations at Philadelphia Media Holdings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about leaving the Philadelphia Media Network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes the Take Ten on Tuesdays video series
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the Tea and Conversations networking event
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver reflects upon her legacy and her hopes for African American journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her family and recent activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her stamp collection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her admiration of Ida B. Wells and Robin Roberts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver narrates her photographs