Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program

About the Program

Lancaster newsroomThe purpose of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program is to record the life histories of leading reporters, editors, publishers, photographers and cartoonists from across the Commonwealth.

The subjects interviewed for the program are selected by the Penn State Department of Journalism in consultation with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Foundation.  All the individuals interviewed spent a significant part or all of their careers working at Pennsylvania newspapers.

All interviews are recorded and the recordings transcribed.  Scholars, journalists, students and others interested in using the transcribed interviews are asked to contact Ford Risley, program coordinator. 

Credit must be given to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program in any work that uses the interviews. Contact Risley for information about using the original tape recordings.

Ford Risley
jfr4@psu.edu
814-865-2181