Maynard, Robert C. (June 17, 1937-August 1993) In 1983, the then-Oakland Tribune editor purchased the struggling newpaper in a $22 million management-leveraged buyout, a first for a U.S. paper. Maynard became the first African-American owner of a major U.S. metropolitan daily. He created the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
Pitts Jr., Leonard (b. October 11, 1957) is a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He has been honored countless times. His 2001 column, “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” an angry and defiant open letter to the terrorists, has been set to music, reprinted in poster form, read on television by Regis Philbin and quoted by Congressman Richard Gephardt.
Whiteside, Larry (September 19, 1937 – June 15, 2007) was a journalist known for covering baseball. In 1971, he started The Black List to help sports editors find qualified black journalists to hire. Initially The Black List only had nine names, but by 1983 it had expanded to more than 90. He was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award on December 5, 2007. He will be honored in July 2008 with inclusion in the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.