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Theresa Fambro Hooks

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Tuna
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Have A Blessed Day.

Birthplace

Born:
5/5/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Tuna
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Have A Blessed Day.

Birthplace

Born:
5/5/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Theresa Fambro Hooks was an award winning columnist and photographer for The Chicago Defender. Born May 5, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, Hooks graduated from Parker (now Robeson) High School in 1953 and went on to attend the University of Illinois, Roosevelt University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in their Fashion Design Department.

Joining The Chicago Daily Defender in 1961, Hooks served as woman’s editor and society columnist and published articles in the daily pages about social and community events, food and fashions. She also wrote an advice column as “Arletta Claire” and a column called “Social Whirl,” later renamed “TeeSee’s Town.” In “TeeSee’s Town,” Hooks covered the “good news” in the community including art, theatre, culture and the movement of Chicago’s business, corporate, community and social leaders. Her other professional positions included manager of community/public affairs for Philco-Ford’s Chicago Residential Manpower Center and special assistant to the president of Olive Harvey College for public information. As president of Theresa Fambro Hooks and Associates, she provided public relations, communications and marketing services for ETA Creative Arts Foundation, National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Abraham Lincoln Center, The Woodlawn Organization, among others.

Hooks was active with the Girl Scouts, various YWCAs, the Westside Association of Community Action (WACA), Midwest Sickle Cell Association, West Chesterfield Garden Club, and Adoption Information Services. She was national president of the National Association of Media Women and received the Phenomenal Woman Award at V-103’s Expo for Today’s Black Woman, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Black Public Relations Society, the Russ Ewing Legacy Award of Excellence, Outstanding Journalist from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, and The Fashion Connection Award. Hooks was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Hooks was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2009.

Hooks passed away on January 31, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Theresa Fambro Hooks' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Theresa Fambro Hooks lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her mother's early experiences in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about the origin of her father's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Theresa Fambro Hooks recalls her paternal grandparents' home in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers her father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her parents' organizational activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers segregation on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her mother's civic involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her interest in photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Theresa Fambro Hooks lists the social clubs she covered for the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about black-owned publications in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers covering President Barack Obama's inauguration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her coverage of social events in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her coverage of social events in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about reporting on cultural events in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her public relations firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes the challenges she faced as a society columnist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes the challenges she faced as a society columnist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about gossip columns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her authority at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her hiatuses from the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes her writing style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes the process of writing her column
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers the election of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Theresa Fambro Hooks reflects upon her career at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Theresa Fambro Hooks talks about her family and friends
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Theresa Fambro Hooks describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Theresa Fambro Hooks remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Theresa Fambro Hooks narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Theresa Fambro Hooks narrates her photographs, pt. 2