Herb Frazier

Journalist, Lecturer, Author
Charleston, SC

Former Journalist of the Year recalls civil rights coverage

Video Interview

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Born: November 7, 1950 in Charleston, SC

Newspaper History:

  • Intern, The News and Courier
  • Reporter, The Times-Picayune
  • General Assignments reporter, The State
  • Newberry Bureau Chief, The State
  • Reporter/editor trainee, The State
  • Assistant news editor, The State
  • Copy editor, The Dallas Times Herald
  • Zones editor, The Dallas Times Herald
  • Editor, York Observer (South Carolina edition of Charlotte Observer)
  • Copy editor, The News and Courier
  • Reporter, The News and Courier
  • Senior writer, The Post and Courier
  • South Carolina Coastal Association of Black Journalists, founding President
  • Lowcountry Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, member
  • Avery Institute for African American History and Culture, member

Honors and Awards:

  • Former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan
  • South Carolina Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” in 1990
  • Hall of Fame for Region IV of the National Association of Black Journalists


  • Allen University
  • University of South Carolina

Family: Three daughters, Angela Frazier Thomas, Amanda Frazier, and Adrienne Frazier. Wife, Brenda Frazier.

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