The First Lady of the Black Press


When trailblazing reporter Ethel Payne died, The Washington Post eulogized that had Payne "not been black, she certainly would have been one of the most recognized journalists in American society." Cristen and Caroline uncover the history and significance of black newspapers in the U.S. and the incredible legacy of one its brightest stars.

Episode Sources:

"The Black Press"

"Biographies: Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin"

"Mary Ann Shadd Cary"

"Biographies: Charlotta Bass"

"White House press celebrates black journalist once shunned"

"The black press: Past and present"

"Black journalist Ethel Payne changed the national agenda with coverage of civil rights"

"Review: The reporter Ethel Payne in 'Eye on the Struggle'"

"Meet the first two African-American women in the White House press corps"

"Evelyn Cunningham, Civil Rights reporter, dies at 94"

"Marvel Jackson Cooke, 99, pioneering black newspaper reporter"

Academic Insights:

"Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps." Donald A. Ritchie. Oxford University Press. March 2005.

"Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists Who Changed History." Rodger Streitmatter. The University Press of Kentucky. 1994.

"African-American Foreign Correspondents: A History." Jinx Coleman Broussard. LSU Press. June 2013.

Topics in this Podcast: discrimination, women in the workplace, racism, women of color, women in journalism