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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality
Radio Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio Caliente, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Just be happy.

Birthplace

Born:
3/21/1957
Birth Location:
Erie, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality
Radio Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio Caliente, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Just be happy.

Birthplace

Born:
3/21/1957
Birth Location:
Erie, Pennsylvania
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Biography

Non-profit education executive, television personality and radio producer Sylvia Michelle Ewing was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1957 to Linwood Anthony Dennard a gospel music producer, and Louise Miller, a homemaker. She was raised by Louise Miller and her step father Milton Miller. She graduated from Technical Memorial Vocational High School in 1975.

Ewing came to Chicago, Illinois in 1977 and co-founded City Life, a free magazine for African Americans. During the 80s, she was active in the Anti-apartheid movement in Chicago and worked for the Mozambique Support Network In 1991, she became host of the "On-Target" radio series on Chicago's WVON-AM. Since 1994, Ewing has worked as an on-air host for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Chicago affiliate WTTW's pledge drive segments, and has done voice-overs for the station's programs and special projects. In 1999, she became a producer for WTTW's television program Chicago Tonight and served as producer for the Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ program Eight Forty-Eight from 2004 to 2006 and director of cultural relations of Steppenwolf Theater Company's Traffic Series for the 2007 - 2008 season. In 2008, she served as the Deputy Director and in 2010, became the Director of External Affairs for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Ewing also teaches media literacy and journalism classes as an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and has written for Chicago Parent Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times and N'DIGO Magazine.

Ewing has received the Award of Excellence from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, the Peter Lisagor Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Public News Directors, Inc. Award and has been nominated for three local Emmys. She has served on the board of directors for several organizations including the Association of Women Journalists, the Illinois College Access Network, and the Chicago Committee for Urban Opportunity and the Community Justice for Youth Institute. Ewing was the president of the Young Chicago Authors Board of Directors home of the Louder than a Bomb youth poetry festival and the co-creator of the concept for the Right to Succeed education organization. She is a certified meditation teacher and has practiced yoga since she was nineteen. Ewing lives in Chicago, Illinois and has two adult children Eve and Matthew.

Sylvia Ewing was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 19, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her mother's life in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing describes meeting her biological father for the first time, and his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her father's family and his career as a record producer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her stepfather, Milton Miller, and his influence on her life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing talks about how her mother and stepfather met, their courtship, and their getting married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her likeness to her parents, her stepfather, and their influence on her life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sylvia Ewing describes the neighborhood where she grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sylvia Ewing describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing talks about attending elementary school in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her relationship with her younger sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about starting school in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her relationship with her younger sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience in middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing talks about the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, and her mother's choosing her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience in high school and her interest in art, production and marketing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her high school classes and extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing talks about graduating from a vocational high school in 1975, and her interest in commercial art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her interest in television and the news while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing recalls Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and learning about Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about spending a year in Florida after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing shares her views on religion and spirituality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing describes her decision to move to Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing describes her early life in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing talks about working at City Life Magazine and the Chicago Fashion Associates, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing talks about working at City Life Magazine and the Chicago Fashion Associates, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her involvement in the anti-Apartheid movement and the Mozambique Support Network
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her involvement in the Mozambique Support Network, and freelancing after the birth of her daughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her former husband and his work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her experience organizing a conference on Namibia in the 1980s in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing talks about Oprah Winfrey's early days in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience at WVON Radio in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience at WVON Radio in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience at Channel 11, WTTW Radio in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing describes her experience at Channel 11, WTTW in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her experience on 'Chicago Tonight' on WTTW
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her career between 1994 and 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about Barack Obama being featured on WTTW's 'Chicago Tonight' in 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her work at WBEZ Radio and at WTTW Channel 11
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her decision to transition from a career in media to one in education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing talks about the Peter Lisagor Award for Broadcast Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing reflects upon the importance of cultural theatre in the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing talks about leaving the staff of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools in 2007 to work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and returning in 2008
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about the importance of charter schools, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing talks about the importance of charter schools, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her mentor and journalist John Callaway
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sylvia Ewing talks about the role of meditation in her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sylvia Ewing describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sylvia Ewing reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sylvia Ewing talks about what she would have done differently in her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sylvia Ewing provides advice to young journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sylvia Ewing talks about her interest in teaching
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sylvia Ewing talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sylvia Ewing describes her photographs