Leanita McClain


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(b. 1951; d. 1984), journalist, editor. Leanita McClain, the first black member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, was born in 1952. McClain grew up in a public housing project fittingly named for the pioneering black woman journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. McClain was a high achiever in the public schools, and while a student at Chicago State University, she decided to pursue a career in journalism. McClain received a full scholarship to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, completed her master's degree in 1973, and went to work as a general assignment reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where she met and married Clarence Page. The marriage ended in divorce.


From Black Women in America in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: United States History.

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