The Legendary Journalists who Inspired Our AI Coaches

Here are the legendary journalists who inspired our AI-powered journalism coaches. Their contributions and impact are still felt today and JLI shares their stories with gratitude and admiration.

Alice Allison Dunnigan (1906 – 1983)

Alice Allison Dunning became the first female African-American correspondent to receive White House credentials and the first African-American female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press gallery. Dunning was the daughter of a sharecropper, she grew up in poverty and endured segregation and sexism. She persisted through extreme hardship to fulfill her dream to become a journalist and became the first black women accredited to cover the White House.

Edward R. Murrow (1908 – 1965)

Edward R. Murrow was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. Murrow is best remembered for criticizing McCarthyism and the Red Scare, contributing, if not leading, to the political downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Gordon Parks (1912 – 2006)

Gordon Parks was an American photographer, composer, author, poet, and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African Americans. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine. 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862 – 1931)

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a prominent journalist, activist, and researcher, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She battled sexism, racism, and violence. Wells dedicated her career to combating prejudice and violence, and advocating for African-American equality—especially that of women. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Jane Chastain (1943)

Jane Chastain was the first woman sportscaster on the local and national level in the United States. CBS Network hired her in 1974 to provide commentary for various televised sports events. During the CBS National Football League telecast of a game on October 13, 1974, she became the first female NFL announcer.

Jimmy Breslin (1928 – 2017)

Jimmy Breslin was an American journalist and author. He was known for his newspaper columns that became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always offering a sympathetic viewpoint of the white working-class people of New York City.

Max Robinson (1939 – 1988)

Max Robinson was an American broadcast journalist, most notably known as the first African American nightly network news anchor. He served as co-anchor on ABC World News Tonight alongside Franke Reynolds and Peter Jennings. Earlier in his career, Robinson was teamed with anchor Gordon Peterson, becoming the first African-American anchor on a major market local television news program, and the newscast succeeded.

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