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ELINOR TATUM

New York Amsterdam News

ELINOR TATUM is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New York Amsterdam News, the oldest Black newspaper in the City of New York and one of the oldest ethnic papers in the United States.

She began at the newspaper as a journalist covering local and national issues affecting Harlem and the Black community.  She was appointed editor-in-chief in 1997, becoming one of the youngest publishers in the history of the Black press.  

Under her leadership, the publication has evolved from typewriters to total computerization and undergone several new layouts with refocused content relevant to a wider African Amerian comunity in New York and across the nation, and is now online as well. 

A sought after keynote on topics of media, race, politics and culture, Ms. Tatum is a philanthropist and serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem.

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