• Gene Foreman speaks about working as a reporter and editor at the Arkansas Gazette during the school integration crisis; about working as a copy editor at the New York Times; about being an editor at the Pine Bluff Commercial and the Arkansas Democrat; about being executive news editor at Newsday; about his 25 years as a top editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, during which time the newspaper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes; and about being a professor of journalism at Penn State.

  • Madelyn Ross speaks about her family; about the various positions she held at the Pittsburgh Press; about being one of the first female managing editors of a major American daily newspaper; about helping to edit the two Pulitzer Prize-winning series won by the Press; about the strike at the Press and Post-Gazette; about the closing of the Press; and about serving as managing editor of the Post-Gazette.


  • Carmen Brutto speaks about his family and growing up in Shenandoah, Pa.; about serving in World War II, including starting a ship's newspaper; about studying journalism at Temple University; about his first job at the Evening News in Shenandoah; and about covering the Pennsylvania state government for the Patriot (later the Patriot-News) in Harrisburg for 32 years.
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program

On this site you will find oral history interviews with some of Pennsylvania’s leading newspaper journalists from the last 70 years.

The goal of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program is to insure that the heritage of the Commonwealth's journalists and newspapers is preserved.

With more than 300 daily and weekly newspapers—the most of any state in the country—Pennsylvania has a tradition of outstanding  journalism. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and from Bradford to York, Pennsylvania newspapers serve communities of every size with news and information.

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program is a joint project of Penn State's Department of Journalism and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Foundation. More interviews are being conducted every year, so we hope you will return regularly. If you have questions about the program or how to use the interviews, please contact us.