Ted Poston born

Ted Poston
Wed, 1906-07-04

*Ted Poston was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American journalist.

Born Theodore Roosevelt Poston in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; he graduated from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College in 1928 with a journalism degree. Poston moved to New York; worked for the newspaper the New York Contender. In 1931 wrote he wrote a column "Harlem Shadows" for Pittsburgh Courier. Amsterdam News also hired Poston, becoming their city editor by 1935. He was active in the founding of the Newspaper Guild, and was fired for leading a strike. Poston then joined staff of Federal Writers' Project.

In 1936 he began writing freelance articles for New York Post; and was soon hired full-time, a first for an African-American reporter. In 1940 became member of "Black Cabinet," informal network of African-Americans serving or advising the Roosevelt administration; as head of Negro News Desk in the Office of War Information Poston was responsible for relations with Negro press. Returned to Post in late 1945, remaining until his retirement in 1972. During this time he wrote a series of articles on "Little Scottsboro" case (1949) and won the George Polk award for national reporting. He also covered the Montgomery bus boycott, racial discrimination in New York City, the integration of Central High in Little Rock, and the trial of Medgar Evers' assassination

Ted Poston died in New York City on January 11, 1974. The Dark Side of Hopkinsville, a book of short stories, published posthumously in 1991.

Kathleen A. Hauke Ted Poston:
Pioneer American Journalist.
Athens: U of Georgia P, 1998.

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