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Sandra Long Weaver

Journalist Sandra Dawson Long Weaver was born on June 25, 1952 in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland, where she worked for the Black Explosion college newspaper and received her B.S. degree in journalism in 1974. She also worked as an intern for Newsweek, and went on to attend the Advanced Executive Program at the Northwestern Media Management Center.

Upon graduation from the University of Maryland in 1974, Long Weaver was hired as a staff reporter for the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. She then went on to work for Philadelphia’s Evening Bulletin as a reporter, copy editor and editorial writer before joining the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer as a correspondent in 1984, where she went on to become the first African American female managing editor. There she held several executive positions, including deputy managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2005 to 2007, and managing editor for Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC and the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2007 to 2008. Then, in 2008, Long Weaver was named vice president of newsroom operations for Philadelphia Media Holdings, and worked in both The Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News newsrooms.

In 2010, she established and became president and chief executive officer of the Dawson Media Group, a multi-media communications and consulting practice. Long Weaver left her position with Philadelphia Media Network in 2011, and went on to work as communications coordinator for United Methodist Communications and editorial director for the Tennessee Tribune. She created “Take 10 on Tuesdays” with the Tennessee Tribune, a weekly video series featuring African Americans in the Nashville area; and, in 2014, she launched Tea and Conversations with African American women, a networking and communications event.

Long Weaver is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and has served for many years as chairperson and publisher for the Acel Moore Minority Career Development Workshop at The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2011, she organized the first Founders Reception and the first “Divine Nine” breakfast for NABJ members. Long Weaver has served on the boards of African Women’s Development Fund USA and the Phillip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She also acted as the secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Long Weaver has received multiple awards, including the 2008 Woman of The Year Award given by the Philadelphia Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the 2007 Trailblazer Award from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and the 2007 Courage Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Cancer Society. In addition, she was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in arts and journalism.

Sandra Long Weaver was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 23, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.066

Sex

Female

Interview Date

4/23/2014

Last Name

Weaver

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Long

Occupation
Schools

Annapolis Elementary School

Annapolis Junior High School

Annapolis High School

University of Maryland

Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary School

First Name

Sandra

Birth City, State, Country

Annapolis

HM ID

WEA02

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Maryland

Favorite Vacation Destination

Beaches

Favorite Quote

I'm Doing The Best I Can With What Little I Have.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Tennessee

Interview Description
Birth Date

6/25/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Nashville

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Crab

Short Description

Journalist Sandra Long Weaver (1952 - ) was a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-nine years.

Employment

United Methodist Communications

The Dawson Media Group

Philadelphia Media Network

The Philadelphia Bulletin

The News Journal

Temple University

Favorite Color

Red

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<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660303">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sandra Long Weaver's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660304">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver lists her favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660305">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660306">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her relationship with her maternal grandmother</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660307">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the history of Annapolis, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660308">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her mother's upbringing and education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660309">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers meeting her father for the first time</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660310">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her paternal family reunions</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660311">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver describes how her parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660312">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the demographics of Annapolis, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660313">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her likeness to her parents and grandmother</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660314">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver lists her siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660315">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her earliest childhood memories</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660316">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her community in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660317">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her community in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660318">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers segregation in Annapolis, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660319">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early education in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660320">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early education in Annapolis, Maryland, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660321">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her childhood activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660322">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660323">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her early aspirations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660324">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls working at the United States Naval Academy library in Annapolis, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660325">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers applying for college</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660326">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls writing for the Black Explosion student newspaper</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660327">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her experiences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660328">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers reading African American publications</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660329">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers interning at Newsweek in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660330">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her decision to pursue a career in journalism</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660331">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the start of her journalism career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660332">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her experiences at The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660333">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660334">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660335">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver describes the community of the National Association of Black Journalists</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660336">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls the publication of Alex Haley's 'Roots'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660337">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her colleagues at The News Journal</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660338">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her experiences at the Evening Bulletin</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660339">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about writing news headlines</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660340">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the black journalists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660341">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the politics of the Philadelphia Bulletin</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660342">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers her career at the Philadelphia Bulletin</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660343">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls being hired as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660344">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660345">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her career at The Philadelphia Inquirer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660346">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver remembers the Janet Cooke scandal</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660347">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the credibility of news media</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660348">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her work as editor of finance and administration at The Philadelphia Inquirer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660349">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the changes at The Philadelphia Inquirer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660350">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls her role as managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660351">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver recalls becoming vice president of newsroom operations at Philadelphia Media Holdings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660352">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about leaving the Philadelphia Media Network</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660353">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver describes the Take Ten on Tuesdays video series</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660354">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about the Tea and Conversations networking event</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660355">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her plans for the future</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660356">Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her journalistic philosophy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660357">Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sandra Long Weaver describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660358">Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sandra Long Weaver reflects upon her career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660359">Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sandra Long Weaver reflects upon her legacy and her hopes for African American journalists</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660360">Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her family and recent activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660361">Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her stamp collection</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660362">Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sandra Long Weaver talks about her admiration of Ida B. Wells and Robin Roberts</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660363">Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sandra Long Weaver describes how she would like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/660364">Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sandra Long Weaver narrates her photographs</a>

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Sandra Long Weaver recalls the start of her journalism career
Sandra Long Weaver describes the Take Ten on Tuesdays video series
Transcript
So this time, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there was a lot of information available especially about black thought and black ideas in those days in the public media--$$Right (simultaneous).$$--(simultaneous) music and radio, TV. I mean, a lot black reporters were trying, were starting to make a noise; you had like Tony Brown on.$$Right, the- 'Tony Brown's Journal.' When I went to the Phil- and some of this grew out of the Kerner Commission report and looking at the fact that there were hardly any black reporters available to cover the news in 1968. So there was this big push in the early--late--the very late '60s [1960s] and early '70s [1970s] to do more public affairs talk shows. And so coming into Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] I watched 'Tony Brown's Journal.' There was a show with--oh gosh I'm blanking on his name, and it's right over there--but it was a black talk show in Philadelphia with [HistoryMaker] Acel Moore and with, he's dead now, oh, I can't think of his name but it will come to me. But anyway their talk show was very popular and it was 'Black Perspectives on the News,' and that's what it was. It was a black perspective looking at the events of what was going on and covering it. Vernon Odom, a television reporter in Philadelphia also had a TV show that he did that looked at issues going on in the community. So there were a number of people who did that. In newspapers in Philadelphia, one of the things was [HistoryMaker] Chuck Stone was a columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News; Claude Lewis was a columnist at the Evening Bulletin [Philadelphia Bulletin]; and Acel Moore was a columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer. So the city had three major newspapers--actually four, there is a Philadelphia Journal. But there were three black columnists who were writing all the time about issues going on in the black community. And that's one of the things that attracted me to Philadelphia, and to that whole area. I spent--$$Wilmington's adjacent to Philadelphia.$$Exact- yeah, so.$$(Unclear) like how many miles, what--?$$About thirty--$$Thirty miles.$$--about thirty miles. So I, I get to Wilmington [Delaware] in 1974, and I'm the only black reporter on the staff [of The News Journal]. (Laughter) And the- I used to talk to a woman who worked in the newspaper library and black janitor at night, because I worked at night when I first got there. But you know I used the opportunity to cover as many stories as I could. I would fight to get my stories on the front page. And in--I wanted to connect with other black journalists to talk about their experiences, what could I do--because I was very young and did not know how to you negotiate in the newsroom, how do you get to these other points? So Philadelphia, I think I met [HistoryMaker] Joe Davidson somehow, and he invited me to a meeting of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. So I would drive up from Wilmington to Philadelphia; and at this point they hadn't connected 95 [Interstate 95] between Wilmington and (laughter) Philadelphia so you had to wind your way through the City of Chester [Pennsylvania]--very interesting (laughter). But I would go to the meetings and that's how I met Claude, I met Acel and Chuck and they all became mentors to me in various ways. And Acel was very helpful in me getting to The Philadelphia Inquirer; and I met--I worked at the Evening Bulletin before The Inquirer, and Claude Lewis always had an open door to talk to black journalists, and I would go in just about every day to talk to Claude. And, of course, I met Chuck through the meetings of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Now the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists is considered the founding chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists because much of what's in the bylaws is based on what we had in Philadelphia. And Philadelphia was--Journalists was started while I was still in college [University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland], so I didn't join it at the beginning but I'm one of their early members that came into the organization.$You're currently in Tennessee and--you're in Tennessee because you got married [to Lance Weaver], right, in?$$Yes.$$Right.$$I moved to Tennessee in 2011. I was let go [from the Philadelphia Media Network] in July, and I got married in September 2011; and moved here then and decided I really did not want to go back into daily newspapers. So I n- haven't pursued doing that at all, but I was interested--there is a black newspaper that was thriving, came out once a week, The Tennessee Tribune, so I do some freelance work for them. I do freelance editing, looking at the design of the paper, the stories that they have. I created a video series for the newspaper it's called Take Ten on Tuesdays with The Tennessee Tribune because I like alliteration, but the idea is to extend the brand beyond Thursdays. The paper's published on Thursdays, but on Tuesdays we put up a video and it's an interview with someone from the Nashville [Tennessee] area who may be starting a business, who's been in the area for a while but usually it's with someone who is African American to let people know what other people are doing. And sometimes we interview people who come into Nashville who may be notable African Americans and they are connected to Nashville for some reason. And we've now done it for just about a year and a half; it started in January 2013. I host it sometimes, there is a young man, Jason Luntz who also will host it and we just do a video; and the idea is that it's ten minutes--taking ten minutes out of your day with The Tennessee Tribune to watch an interview with someone you may or may not know. It's been pretty successful. The view- the viewership has gone up steadily over the course of a year and half and we now get requests from people that say can you do a Take Ten about this issue or a Take Ten you know interviewing this person. So it's growing and it's a little bit different--I think we're the only black newspaper in the country that does a video series like this.$$Okay, okay it's the first I've heard about. So this is on the website of The Tennessee Tribune?$$Yes, you access it through The Tennessee Tribune's website: tntribune at--tr- tntribune.com--$$Okay.$$--that's how you can access it.$$All right.