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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
We Have To Pray.

Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1951
Birth Location:
Waco, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
We Have To Pray.

Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1951
Birth Location:
Waco
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Biography

Sheryl Riley Gripper is the founder of the Black Women Film Preservation Project and is Vice President of Community Relations at WXIA-TV, Channel 11, an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Waco, Texas, Gripper was born on December 16, 1951, the first of two children born to Samuel L. and Dolores Posey Harris, Jr., Spelman and Morehouse College graduates. Gripper attended J.H. Hines Elementary School in Waco where her maternal grandmother was one of her teachers and later became her principal. Gripper graduated from A.J. Moore High School two years ahead of her class and entered her mother’s alma mater, Spelman College, where she obtained her B.A. degree in english. She took enough courses for a minor in journalism.

A successful internship at a major Houston, Texas newspaper, while still a student at Spelman College, played a major part in Gripper’s decision to choose journalism over a career in music. As a contralto singer, she aspired to grace the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. This internship set the stage for her to become the Manager of Promotions at WETV, Channel 30 and WABE-FM, a position that she held from 1975 to 1981. In 1977, she earned her M.A. degree in education from Georgia State University, and in 2000, she was awarded her M.A. degree in film. Gripper founded the Black Women Film Preservation Project in 1997. This organization hosts an annual awards/scholarship luncheon, which highlights the career of women who have made significant contributions to the industry and the annual “Black Women in Film Festival” in Atlanta.

Gripper is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, one for the 11 Alive Community Service Awards, an awards show that has honored volunteers for thirty-one years. She also created The Bronze Jubilee Awards, a program that honored Black culture while at WETV and WABE. As Vice President of Community Relations at WXIA-TV, she serves as the executive producer for the 11 Alive Community Service Awards. Gripper has been with Channel 11 since 1981.

Gripper is married to Jeffery Gripper, Atlanta’s first world karate champion, and is the mother of three sons, Edward Riley, Jr., Jeffery Gripper, Jr., and Ellis Gripper. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is the corporate campaign cabinet of the United Negro College Fund.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sheryl Riley Gripper lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sheryl Riley Gripper talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Riley Gripper describes her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Riley Gripper describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her father's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her father's time at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes Morehouse College's Miss Maroon and White tradition
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her father's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her father's side of the family, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sheryl Riley Gripper remembers growing up in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes Waco's South Tenth Street Community Club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her neighborhood in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her church and education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sheryl Riley Gripper remembers her early interest in writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sheryl Riley Gripper remembers her choir director, Vivienne Malone-Mayes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sheryl Riley Gripper talks about her father's half-brother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her early musical interests, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her early musical interests, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her activities at Waco's A.J. Moore High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her interests at Waco's A.J. Moore High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her time at Spelman College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her early journalism experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sheryl Riley Gripper recalls the first sororities at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her time at Spelman College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sheryl Riley Gripper recalls the Pentagon Papers and applying for jobs in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her work at WETV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes the Bronze Jubilee Awards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her work at Atlanta's Channel 11, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her work at Atlanta's Channel 11, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes the Black Women Film Preservation Project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sheryl Riley Gripper talks about African American women in film, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sheryl Riley Gripper talks about African American women in film, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sheryl Riley Gripper recalls TV and film producer HistoryMaker Jennifer Lawson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her family and how she met her second husband, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her family and how she met her second husband, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her film about the Negro League and her wedding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sheryl Riley Gripper talks about her spirituality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sheryl Riley Gripper reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sheryl Riley Gripper shares her advice for aspiring journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sheryl Riley Gripper describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sheryl Riley Gripper reflects upon her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sheryl Riley Gripper narrates her photographs, pt. 1
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