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Roi Ottley: A look back at the life and career of the Chicago Tribune’s 1st local Black writer

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In 1961, the Tribune hired its first Black editorial staff member, copy editor Eddie Madison, who, like Ottley, previously had worked for the Defender. Unlike Ottley, Madison was based in the Tribune’s newsroom, toiling in the paper’s neighborhood news section for several years, including editing the section’s coverage of northwest Indiana. Then, in 1966, the Tribune hired Joe Boyce as its first African-American staff reporter covering metro news. In 1990, Don Wycliff became the first Black person listed on the Tribune masthead when he became the deputy editorial page editor.

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