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Leader in breaking newspaper color barriers

Former Journalist of the Year recalls civil rights coverage.

Herb Frazier

Herb Frazier

Born: November 7, 1950 in Charleston, SC

Newspaper History:
-Intern, The News and Courier
-Reporter, The Times-Picayune
-General Assignments reporter, The State
-Newberry Bureau Chief, The State
-Reporter/editor trainee, The State
-Assistant news editor, The State  
-Copy editor, The Dallas Times Herald
-Zones editor, The Dallas Times Herald
-Editor, York Observer (South Carolina edition of Charlotte Observer)
-Copy editor, The News and Courier 
-Reporter, The News and Courier
-Senior writer, The Post and Courier
-South Carolina Coastal Association of Black Journalists, founding President
-Lowcountry Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, member 
- Avery Institute for African American History and Culture, member

Honors and Awards:
-Former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan
-South Carolina Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” in 1990
- Hall of Fame for Region IV of the National Association of Black Journalists

-Allen University
- University of South Carolina

-Three daughters, Angela Frazier Thomas, Amanda Frazier, and Adrienne Frazier. Wife, Brenda Frazier.

Video Interview

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To listen to the full interview, click here to download the raw audio.
The full interview is 45 minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Introduction: 00-1:43
-News & Courier 1:44-3:27
-Working for the State 3:28-6:06
-The Times Picayune: 6:07-6:51
-Homesick for South Carolina 6:52-7:05
-Getting frustrated in 1978 7:06-8:18
-The State’s Newberry Bureau 8:19-10:28
-Increasing minority journalists in the newsrooms 10:29-12:55
-National Association of Black Journalists 12:58-13:27
-Assistant State Editor 13:28-15:13
-The Dallas Times Herald 15:41-17:17
-Getting homesick again 17:58-18:24
-The Charlotte Observer 18:25-19:03
-Homesick for Charleston 19:04-19:19
-The News and Courier 19:20-20:02
-The story that changed the way doctors were paid 20:04-21:32
-Covering the march to Selma, Alabama 22:00-22:41
-Civil Rights Movement 22:41-24:01
-Issue of Voting Rights Act of 1990 24:02-24:49
-Studying the civil rights movement 24:50-25:18
-Treatment of black community 25:37-28:28
-Dealing with South Carolina politicians 28:43-29:31
-Covering Earl Morris 29:33-30:42
-Benjamin Mays, Jim Edwards 30:43-32:45
-Advice for up-and-coming journalists 33:01-35:02
-Black press in South Carolina 35:03-37:49
-How African American Journalists were treated 38:05-41:02
-How race relations have changed 41:15-42:58
- SCPA Journalist of the year 43:08-45:04

About Herb Frazier
Inventory of Herb Frazier Papers, 1972-2006
Gullah history explored
‘Behind God’s Back’: Gullah Memories of Cainhoy, Huger, Wando, St. Thomas Island and Daniel Island
Charlestonly homepage
Book signing

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