Oral history interview with J. Hugo Warren, 1971


Warren, Hugo (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with J. Hugo Warren, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of J. Hugo Warren : oral history, 1971; Oral history of J. Hugo Warren, 1971
In this interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, J. Hugo Warren recounts his early life history in rural Virginia and his career choices that led him to journalism. He discusses: the successes of the black press; the importance of studying the black press; how the societal role of the black press has changed since its creation; how the black press has factored into assimilation; and whether the bl ack press will become part of the white establishment press. He also explains why he believes the black press was not created out of necessity, how the white press is representing minority news, and why it is important for everyone to read black newspapers. Additionally, Warren describes the financing and income of running a newspaper, how to retain talented black journalists, and the differences between the black press and white establishment press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Newspapers--Circulation; Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States; Journalism--Social aspects; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; Philadelphia (Pa.); United States Race relations; Warren, Hugo; Pittsburgh courier
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 37 pages
Note (Biographical)
J. Hugo Warren was born in Sedley, Virginia on March 2, 1902. He attended school in the South and graduated from the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in 1924 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Warren moved to Atlantic City in 1925 and began working in t he hotel business until moving to Pittsburgh in 1933 to work for the Pittsburgh Courier. He left the Courier to run the Jily News, discontinued the Jily News, and founded The New Observer all in 1960. Warren worked as editor and publisher of the Observer until his retirement. He was married and had three children.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 30, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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