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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

A native of Chicago, Illinois, respected journalist and news anchor Warner Saunders matriculated at Xavier University and received his M.A. from Northeastern University. Famed radio disk jockey Holmes Daddy O' Daylie helped the aspiring reporter enter the profession at a time when very few doors were open to African Americans. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the management of a local television station in Chicago asked Daylie to create a special public affairs program for the black community. Daylie agreed and asked that Warner Saunders, then director of the Better Boys Foundation, co-host the show. The resulting program, "For Blacks Only," was an immediate success and ran for more than a decade.

Producers at WBBM-TV Channel 2 Chicago were impressed by the hard working Saunders and, in 1972, hired him to serve as director of Community Affairs and host of the program "Common Ground." In 1980, Saunders left the station and joined the NBC Channel 5 news team as a sports reporter. He also hosted NBC's public affairs talk show, "Warner," which was honored with the Illinois Broadcasters Association Public Service Award in 1986. Currently, a co-anchor of NBC 5's 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm news broadcasts, Saunders is considered one of Chicago's premier news reporters.

Saunders integrity and compelling broadcasts have earned him the esteem of his peers. He has been honored with forteen Chicago Emmys, the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award and the Ohio State Award, among many others. In 1993, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. For his commitment to improving the lives of members of the community, Mr. Saunders received the prestigious Hull House Jane Addams Medal.

Saunders passed away on October 9, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Warner Saunders recalls his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Warner Saunders remembers his grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Warner Saunders details his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Warner Saunders relates how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Warner Saunders shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Warner Saunders describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Warner Saunders recounts his Catholic education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Warner Saunders discusses blacks' internalization of inferiority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Warner Saunders recalls his experiences at Saint Philip School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Warner Saunders details his years at Corpus Christi high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Warner Saunders remembers his high school involvement in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Warner Saunders describes Xavier in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Warner Saunders discusses the color caste in New Orleans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Warner Saunders reflects on his experience at Xavier
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Warner Saunders recounts his post-college career path
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Warner Saunders explains how he began working at Henry Horner Homes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Warner Saunders recalls his transition to the Boys' Club and Better Boys Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Warner Saunders describes Chicago in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Warner Saunders relates how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influenced his thinking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Warner Saunders recalls how he got into television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Warner Saunders details becoming a serious news anchor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Warner Saunders recounts his struggle to learn the journalism business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Warner Saunders remembers overcoming his internalized feelings of inferiority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Warner Saunders recalls one of his regrets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Warner Saunders describes his work at WBBM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Warner Saunders talks about his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Warner Saunders discusses his son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Warner Saunders recounts highlights from his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Warner Saunders relates how he maintained his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Warner Saunders discusses African Americans in the news business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Warner Saunders illustrates the role of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Warner Saunders discusses the need to erase prejudice and inferiority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Warner Saunders shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Warner Saunders reflects on the gains and losses of integration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Warner Saunders discusses his sociological understanding of segregation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Warner Saunders details the contributions of African Americans to American society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Warner Saunders considers his legacy