McElroy, George A.
A notable forerunner for African Americans in journalism, George McElroy was the first African American to write for the Houston Post, to earn a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and many more. Additionally, he was the first minority to have a regular column in a Houston newspaper. He received countless awards and honors like the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Association of Black Journalists and George McElroy Week in Houston.
In 1937, George began his journalism career by writing for the Informer as a youth column writer. He continued working for the Informer until 1996 when he retired, but continued to serve as the Editor Emeritus until he passed away in 2006. He took a position for the Houston Post as a colored sports writer and two years later because a weekly columnist. This made him the first black reporter, as well as the first black columnist, at the paper.
George became the President of the Press Club of Houston, giving him the opportunity to interview various influential people like Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and six American presidents. He actively spoke about the need for black members of the press, stressing the importance of bringing up issues in their own community and culture. He also taught journalism and held positions as the Chairman of the Journalism Department for two major universities.
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