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Transcript of oral history interview, 31 October 2017.
Interviewed by Jason Edwards, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Language: This interview is in English.
Transcript 40 p.
Final copy prepared November 2017.

Herbert Lee Frazier was born at the Charleston Naval Base Hospital. The son of a Navy cook, Herbert grew up wandering King Street, enjoying cartoons, and maturing under the love and support of his close-knit family. Frazier gives a detailed account of growing up in a neighborhood in Charleston that ceased to exist after Hurricane Hugo and the gentrification that followed. Frazier attended The University of South Carolina, majoring in journalism. Although he gravitated towards an advertising career, he found himself working as an intern at The Post and Courier in a newly integrated news room. Frazier’s career in journalism allowed him to, as he says, “follow his curiosity,” working at papers such as The State Newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Dallas Times-Herald, in Dallas, Texas, and The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1990, he was named the journalist of the year by the South Carolina Press Association in recognition of his work with the South Carolina Association of Black Journalists. Frazier also reflects on his teaching experience at Rhodes University in South Africa and his work with journalism organizations and for the State Department, doing training sessions in developing countries. In the interview, Frazier reflects about journalism’s ethics and integrity and about the changes in the profession due technological advances. He also talks about the challenges he faced as an African American journalist and remembers some of the most interesting stories he wrote.


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