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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lake Tahoe, Utah
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1962
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lake Tahoe, Utah
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1962
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Journalist Sonya Ross was born in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended C.L. Harper High School, and received her B.A. degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia in 1984. Ross went on to attend Georgia State University from 1985 to 1987.

In 1985, Ross was hired as a library clerk at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She worked there until 1986, when she accepted a position as an intern for Associated Press in the Greater Atlanta area. Ross was then hired as a general assignment reporter at Associated Press in 1987, and was promoted to a legislative reporter in 1989. She was promoted again in 1992, and transferred from Georgia to Washington, D.C., where she worked as an urban affairs reporter until 1995. Ross then joined the Associated Press’ White House press corps and traveled with Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, as well as Secretary of State Colin Powell to thirty-nine countries. During the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she was the print pool reporter who accompanied President Bush on Air Force One.

In 2002, Ross was named Washington, D.C.’s world services editor for the Associated Press, where she helped direct coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the worldwide campaign against terrorism. In 2004, Ross was appointed news editor for the Associated Press’ regional reporters in Washington, D.C., and, in 2010, she was named the organization’s first-ever race and ethnicity editor in order to capture the changing face of race and ethnicity in the United States.

Sonya Ross was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 4, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sonya Ross's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross talks about her mother's family history after the Civil War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross describes her mother's childhood and work as a beautician in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross talks about her father, Harold Ross
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sonya Ross describes how her parents met and how she takes after them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross talks about her mother's previous husband, photographer Harmon Perry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross describes her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross recalls her earliest memories of childhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross talks about her years at G.A. Towns Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross remembers her favorite grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sonya Ross talks about how she first started reading the newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross talks about her relationship with her father, Harold Ross
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross describes the personalities of black Atlanta, Georgia in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross talks about the Portuguese ethnic background she shares with HistoryMaker Jasmine Guy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross recalls developing an interest in journalism and science at C.L. Harper High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross describes her decision to attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross describes her academic experience at the University of Georgia, and the people she met there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross describes her decision to change her academic concentration from biology to journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross describes working with Yolanda King and Martin Luther King, Sr. at the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross talks about dropping out of the University of Georgia and enrolling in Georgia State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross recalls how she got into the Associated Press internship program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross talks about the Associated Press news writing test
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross talks about receiving her first permanent job offer from AP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross describes working for AP as a general assignment reporter in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross talks about becoming an Atlanta legislative reporter after Maynard Jackson's 1989 mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sonya Ross describes the 1990 Georgia gubernatorial race when Zell Miller defeated HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross recalls covering the Bill Clinton campaign at the time of the Gennifer Flowers scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross recalls covering 1992 Atlanta riots triggered by the Rodney King verdict
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross describes President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross reflects upon scandals in the early 1990s involving Lani Guinier, Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Minister Louis Farrakhan, and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross talks about her mentor, HistoryMaker DeWayne Wickham
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross describes the political climate in Washington, D.C. during Bill Clinton's first term
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross talks about how she became the first black woman to cover the White House for the Associated Press in 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sonya Ross recalls covering Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross recalls meeting Rosa Parks in Royal Oak, Michigan on Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign trail
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross talks about Bill Clinton's presidential campaign and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross describes her 1997 trip to Africa with Hillary Clinton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross reflects upon the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the changing role of news media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross reflects upon journalistic ethics and reporting on HistoryMaker Jesse L. Jackson's out-of-wedlock child
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross talks about covering the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross describes the differences in the White House between the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross recalls traveling to Sarasota, Florida with President George W. Bush during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross recalls traveling to Sarasota, Florida with President George W. Bush during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross recalls traveling to Sarasota, Florida with President George W. Bush during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 3
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross talks about the changes in diplomacy and national security procedures that emerged after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross talks about her decision to leave her post as Associated Press White House correspondent and become an editor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross describes her job as Washington, D.C. regional news editor for the Associated Press
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross talks about being a mentor to young black journalists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Sonya Ross describes her role as Race and Ethnicity Editor at the Associated Press beginning in 2010
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Sonya Ross talks about the changing demographics of American news consumers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Sonya Ross describes some of her successful initiatives as Associated Press Race and Ethnicity Editor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Sonya Ross talks about her future career plans and possibly writing a book
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Sonya Ross describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Sonya Ross reflects upon her professional legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Sonya Ross talks about how she would like to be remembered