Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program

Oral History Interviews

  • Fred Behringer, Ambler Gazette
    Fred Behringer speaks about his family; about covering sports in high school; about working as the sports editor of the newspaper at Brown; about the various positions he held at the Ambler Gazette; about the coverage of the community by the Gazette and the role of weekly newspapers; about the growth of Montgomery Publishing and his role with the company; and about the consolidation of newspaper ownership.
  • Ron Bracken, Centre Daily Times
    Ron Bracken speaks about his family and growing up in Centre County; about the nature of high school sports reporting in the area; about how Penn State's increasing popularity impacted local reportage of its success; about covering Penn State football during the tenure of coach Joe Paterno; and about the experience of working for a newspaper during its acquisition by a major publishing company (Knight Ridder followed by McClatchy).
  • Carmen Brutto, Patriot-News
    Carmen Brutto speaks about his family and growing up in Shenandoah; about studying journalism at Temple; about serving in World War II; about his first jobs at the Evening News in Shenandoah; and about covering the state government for the Patriot-News in Harrisburg for 32 years.
  • Gene Foreman, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Gene Foreman speaks about his family; about working as a reporter and editor at the Arkansas Gazette during the school integration crisis; about working as a copy editor at the New York Times; about being an editor at the Pine Bluff Commercial and the Arkansas Democrat; about being executive news editor at Newsday; about his 25 years as a top editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, during which time the newspaper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes; and about being a professor of journalism at Penn State.
  • William E. Jones, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
    William E. Jones speaks about his family; about attending school in Conemaugh Township; about joining the Democrat as a copy boy after high school; about being a cub reporter; about his service in the U.S. Army; about the various positions he held at the Tribune-Democrat; about being editor of the Windberg Era; and about how the newspaper changed during his long career.
  • Adrian Lee, Philadelphia Bulletin / Daily News
    Adrian Lee speaks about his experiences writing for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News; about what it was like working for the now-defunct Bulletin before it closed; about his experiences covering the Six Day War and the Vietnam War; about covering the Philadelphia police beat while remaining in competition with the city’s other major daily, the Philadelphia Inquirer; and about his experiences writing about Frank Rizzo, former mayor of Philadelphia.
  • Charles Meredith, Quakertown Free Press
    Charles Meredith Speaks about his family; about the family's ownership of the Quakertown Free Press; about attending the University of Pennsylvania; about his career at the Free Press and the journalism the newspaper practices; about his involvement in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher Association; about changes in journalism, including family ownership of newspapers; and about the sale of the Free Press to Times Mirror Co.
  • Arlene Morgan, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Arlene Morgan speaks about her work as a suburban reporter and editor; about the growth of the Philadelphia Inquirer after it was purchased by Knight Ridder Co.; about being one of the first female editors; about the closing of the Philadelphia Bulletin and the merging of the staffs; about recruiting new staff members; and about the leadership of Gene Roberts as editor.
  • Jim Naughton, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Jim Naughton speaks about his experiences writing for the Painesville Telegraph and the Cleveland Plain Dealer; about what it was like being a member of the New York Times Washington Bureau as a young reporter; about his experiences covering the 1970 Presidential campaign; about what it was like to work as national editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer under Gene Roberts and Gene Foreman; and about his thoughts on the future of journalism.
  • Madelyn Ross, Pittsburgh Press / Post-Gazette
    Madelyn Ross speaks about her family; about working as editor of her newspaper in high school and college; about the various positions she held at the Pittsburgh Press; about being one of the first female managing editors of a major American daily newspaper; about helping to edit the two Pulitzer Prize-winning series won by the Press; about the strike at the Press and the Post-Gazette and the closing of the Press; and about serving as managing editor of the Post-Gazette.
  • Willis Shenk, Lancaster Newspapers
    Willis Shenk speaks about his family and his education; about working as a bookkeeper after high school; about joining Lancaster Newspapers Inc. and the various positions he held with the company; about the Steinman family, the owners of Lancaster Newspapers; about the role of the Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News in the community; and about changes in the business of journalism, including family ownership of newspapers.
  • John Troan, Pittsburgh Press
    John Troan speaks about his family and growing up near Scranton; about being editor of the Daily Collegian; about his service in World War II; about working as a medical writer for the Pittsburgh Press and the science writer for Scripps Howard Newspapers; and about being editor of the Press.