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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Leonard Pitts

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Journalist and author Leonard Garvey Pitts, Jr. was born on October 11, 1957 in a poor section of Orange, California. Pitts entered the University of Southern California at the young age of fifteen, and graduated with his B.A. degree in English in 1977. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Pitts worked as a freelance journalist. From 1976 until 1980, he wrote for Soul magazine. In 1980, he became a writer for KFWB radio. He wrote scripts for several radio documentaries. He was hired at Westwood One, Inc. in 1989, and at the Miami Herald in 1991, where he was promoted to columnist in 1995. Pitts has authored four books: Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood; Before I Forget; Forward from This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2008; and Freeman. He received numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors ASNE Award for Commentary Writing, and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
183 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Leonard Pitts
Leonard Pitts
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2013 October 23.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 2 min., 56 sec.)) : sound, color
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