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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Consultant
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Honey Baked Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Beaufort, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Needs A Breakthrough

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1954
Birth Location:
Marysville, California

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Consultant
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Honey Baked Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Beaufort, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Needs A Breakthrough

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1954
Birth Location:
Marysville
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Biography

Media consultant and executive television producer Sidmel Estes was born on November 27, 1954 in Marysville, California, to Emellen Estes and Sidney Estes. Estes attended elementary and high school at public schools in Atlanta. She earned her B.S.J. degree in 1976, and her M.S.J. degree in 1977, both from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1979, Estes returned to Atlanta and was hired at WAGA-TV/Fox 5, where she served as the executive producer of numerous programs. She was the co-creator and executive producer of Good Day Atlanta, which became the number one show in its market, and won seven Emmy Awards under her direction. In 2006 Estes left WAGA-TV in order to found and serve as CEO of BreakThrough Inc., a media consulting firm whose clients include the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, the McCormick Tribune Fellows Foundation, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Emory University and Clark Atlanta University.

In 1991, Estes was elected the first woman president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Under her leadership NABJ increased its membership to over 2,000 journalists and was included in Ebony’s list of Top 100 Black Organizations. In 1994, she was a leader and co-creator of the first Unity Conference, an alliance of journalists of color, and was instrumental in the release of their report Kerner Plus 25: A Call For Action, which outlined steps the media industry should take to improve racial diversity.

During her prolific career in television and journalism, Estes has been recognized numerous times. Atlanta’s Mayor Andrew Young proclaimed “Sidmel Estes-Sumpter Day” on November 18, 1988 after she was named Media Woman of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Media Women. She was featured in Ebony’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 1993, and in More Magazine’s book 50 Over 50. Estes was honored with the Silver Circle Award from the Television Academy and has won several Emmy Awards. She received Northwestern University’s Alumni Service Award after being elected as president of the Northwestern Black Alumni Association in 2004.

Estes married B. Garnett Sumpter in 1983, and they had two children, Joshua and Sidney.

Sidmel Estes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 17, 2014.

Sidmel Estes passed away on October 6, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes remembers her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes talks about the Collier Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sidmel Estes remembers her first experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sidmel Estes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sidmel Estes lists her siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sidmel Estes describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sidmel Estes lists her siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes talks about her siblings' professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes remembers the advice of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes talks about the community organized busing in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes recalls her decision to become a journalist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sidmel Estes describes the community on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sidmel Estes remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sidmel Estes recalls her decision to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sidmel Estes remembers the student activism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes talks about her internship at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes remembers prominent black journalists from the start of her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes recalls her experiences as an intern at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes remembers her internship at the Chicago Daily News
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes describes her experiences at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes remembers becoming a television reporter in Guam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sidmel Estes describes her experiences at KUAM-TV in Guam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sidmel Estes remembers joining WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sidmel Estes talks about the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes talks about the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes talks about the changes in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes describes her reaction to the Janet Cooke scandal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes remembers meeting her former husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes talks about her involvement in the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes talks about her civic engagement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sidmel Estes recalls the major events of the late 1980s in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sidmel Estes talks about the FOX takeover of WAGA-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sidmel Estes remembers developing the 'Good Day Atlanta' morning news show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sidmel Estes remembers her election as president of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes describes her tenure as president of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes talks about FOX's management of WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes talks about Paula Walker Madison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes remembers founding BreakThrough Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes describes her book projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes talks about the future of journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sidmel Estes describes the services offered at BreakThrough, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sidmel Estes talks about her teaching activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sidmel Estes describes the documentary 'Kerner Plus 40: Change or Challenge'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sidmel Estes describes her hopes and concerns for African American journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Sidmel Estes remembers her proposal to buy Ebony and Jet
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes talks about the UNITY: Journalists of Color organization
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sidmel Estes reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sidmel Estes reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sidmel Estes talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sidmel Estes describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sidmel Estes narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sidmel Estes narrates her photographs, pt. 2