Dr. Ghiglione talks about his childhood and growing up in Claremont, California and seeing the diversity of living situations around him.
Dr. Ghiglione explains that his mother died when he was 12 and he moved to New York to live with his father where he recalls some of his first experiences with diversity.
Dr. Ghiglione shares a story about attending a track meet in Harlem and the racial comments that he heard along the way.
Dr. Ghiglione recounts a story about being an exchange student from Haverford College, visiting Livingston College, an HBCU, in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Dr. Ghiglione goes back to talk about growing up in integrated schools in California and being involved in an elementary school orchestra.
Dr. Ghiglione recounts his first memory interacting with a Mexican-American man on his uncle's property.
Dr. Ghiglione remembers living with native american kids in Palm Dessert, California.
Dr. Ghiglione explains that he doesn't remember there being a hierarchy of race and ethnicity where he grew up.
Dr. Ghiglione talks about the fact that the area where he grew up was used by General Patton for training.
Dr. Ghiglione explains how his mom's passing influenced the way he saw the world and the element of time.
Dr. Ghiglione recalls Claremont, California as an ideal place to grow up.
Dr. Ghiglione shares his memory of attending a YMCA school in New York and being able to continue the activities he had grown accustomed to in California.
Dr. Ghiglione talks about his step-mother working as a backup singer for the Arthur Godfrey show and an experience he had on the show.
Dr. Ghiglione explains his feelings about self-identifying as Italian-American and shares a story about interacting with his grandparents and the community they were a part of in California.
Dr. Ghiglione takes a second to jump ahead and share a story about when his father died and he invited his paternal grandfather to come and live with him during his last year of law school and into his fellowship in Washington D.C.
Dr. Ghiglione explains his experience applying to colleges, what lead him to Haverford College.
Dr. Ghiglione recounts how he began working in journalism at the student paper and then later trying to get his first job.
Dr. Ghiglione shares how he ended up at the Claremont Courier making $35/wk. and his circumstances at the time.
Dr. Ghiglione addresses his feelings towards his job at the Courier and why he returned the money he had been given by the News Fund.
Dr. Ghiglione compares his experience at the Claremont Courier and an internship he had at The Washington Post after graduating.
Dr. Ghiglione makes reference to meeting Leroy Arrons while working at the Post.
Dr. Ghiglione describes the diversity that existed at The Washington Post in 1963.
Dr. Ghiglione talks about an experience he had in 1963 during the March on Washington and the plan The Post had in place in case of violence.
Dr. Ghiglione explains how the count of participants in the March on Washington was tabulated and how that related to the police estimates.
Dr. Ghiglione speaks to transition of ownership from Phil Graham to his wife Katherine that also took place in 1963.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Ghiglione, Loren
Loren Ghiglione, a veteran of 45 years in journalism and journalism education, teaches enterprise reporting, global journalism and media history. In 2015 he received the teaching excellence award presented annually by Medill undergraduate students. He also introduced an oral history course titled “Native Americans Tell Their Stories” and began a year-long term as chair of the university steering committee for the 2015-16 One Book One Northwestern program, which selected Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. In 2014 he served on the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force at Northwestern. Ghiglione’s teaching philosophy is based on his hope that he can help students learn to think and learn how to learn, and not just about writing and storytelling artfully and ethically for multiple media. The best journalists are eager to learn about the world, always attempting to diminish their ignorance about cities and cultures, history and humanity.
Trent R Boulter
AEJMC Conference 2015, The San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel