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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Forest Green
Favorite Food:
Red Beans, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Probably The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone Is The Purity Of Your Attention.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1955
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Forest Green
Favorite Food:
Red Beans, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Probably The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone Is The Purity Of Your Attention.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1955
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Author and newspaper editor Wayne Dawkins was born on September 19, 1955, in New York, New York to Iris and Edward H. Dawkins. Both his mother and father were of Jamaican and Panamanian descent. Dawkins became interested in journalism at an early age when his mother sent him to the neighborhood candy store to buy the daily newspaper. His parents also encouraged his reading habit, buying for him and his siblings a set of encyclopedias when he was still very young. As a child, Dawkins attended Benjamin Banneker Elementary in Brooklyn, New York and P.S. 176. He graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1973, located in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

In 1977, Dawkins graduated from Long Island University with his B.A. degree in journalism where he was a member of the junior varsity basketball team. After receiving advice from a mentor, he decided to further his education and enroll at Columbia University's School of Journalism where he received a substantial scholarship. Dawkins graduated with his M.S. degree in journalism in 1980 and was hired by the Daily Argus as a reporter where he met his first wife, Joyce Ingram. Afterwards, he moved to New Jersey where he worked for the Courier Post. In 1981, Dawkins attended his first National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) conference, and several years later he was appointed as regional director. While serving in that position, he witnessed the organization’s growth and was instrumental in the establishment of several of its chapters. After graduating from the School of Journalism, he founded the alumni newsletter Black Alumni Network where he first wrote about the history of the NABJ in 1990. Sparking his interest, the book Black Journalists: The NABJ Story soon followed and was published under Dawkins’s own press company, August Press.

Dawkins has worked as an editor for several newspapers, including the Daily Press in Hampton, Virginia. Deciding to share his skills as a reporter and editor, Dawkins began teaching journalism at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia. He has received many awards and honors, including the distinguished Alumni Association Award from Columbia School of Journalism. In 2004, Dawkins was awarded the prestigious Columbia University Alumni Federation Medal, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an alumnus of Columbia University.

Wayne Dawkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 4, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Wayne Dawkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne Dawkins lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Dawkins describes his maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Dawkins describes his maternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Dawkins describes his maternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Dawkins describes his maternal grandfather's background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Dawkins recalls his trips to Panama to see his maternal grandparents and their family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Dawkins describes his mother's upbringing in the Panama Canal Zone, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Dawkins describes his mother's upbringing in the Panama Canal Zone, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Dawkins describes his parents' marriage and immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Dawkins talks about his mother's first marriage and his step-brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Dawkins describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Dawkins describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Dawkins describes the social environment in the Panama Canal Zone and Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Dawkins describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Dawkins describes how his uncle and Earl Caldwell influenced his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Dawkins shares his earliest memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wayne Dawkins talks about growing up on Kosciuszko Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Dawkins describes the cultural diversity of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School P.S. 256
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience in sixth through eighth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Dawkins recalls the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and taking public transit to school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Dawkins remembers some of his teachers from elementary and high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Dawkins describes enrolling at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and the challenging courses he took
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Dawkins talks about self-reliance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Dawkins talks about wanting to finish college in four years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience as a journalist while attending Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Dawkins talks about his experience with the Trans-Urban News Service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Dawkins describes enrolling at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and moving into his own apartment in Manhattan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Dawkins talks about his brother's career as a chef
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Dawkins describes becoming a reporter for the Daily Argus in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne Dawkins talks about the career of his first wife, Joyce Ingram, and reporting for the Camden Courier-Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wayne Dawkins talks about his divorce from Joyce Ingram and marrying Allie Crump
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Wayne Dawkins describes his experience as regional director for the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Dawkins describes the growth of the National Association of Black Journalists between 1981 and 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Dawkins talks about his role as a columnist for the Camden Courier-Post and becoming an assignment editor for the Knight Ridder Newspaper in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Dawkins describes his book, "Black Journalists, the NABJ Story"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Dawkins describes starting his publishing company, August Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Dawkins talks about the growth of the August Press and writing his second book about the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne Dawkins reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wayne Dawkins talks about building the infrastructure of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wayne Dawkins talks about the history of the Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Wayne Dawkins reflects upon his regrets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wayne Dawkins narrates his photographs