Interview: Cross, June, 2015


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Interview: Cross, June, 2015
Cross, June
Birth Year
Narahari, Prerana
Seshadri, Pooja
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Created
June Cross is a writer and documentary producer who covers the intersection of poverty, race, and politics in the United States. She has been a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York since 2006. There, she founded and directed the program in Journalistic Documentary at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At the time of this interview, Cross had just finished her Emmy-nominated documentary Wihemina’s War which follows a Southern grandmother who struggles to help her granddaughter survive the health risks and social stigma of living with HIV in South Carolina. She has been a fellow at Columbia’s Institute for Research in Afro-American Studies, at Carnegie-Mellon University’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Studies at Harvard.

In this interview, Cross speaks about her childhood growing up in Atlantic City in the 1950s. She then speaks about her painful College experience and the impact the women in her life had on Cross’s goals and sense of self. The interview closes with Cross speaking about her experience in journalism, her experience as a professor, and advice for women who plan to have careers in media.
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This interview was conducted by IWL Leadership Scholars as part of an ongoing intergenerational interview program at the Institute for Women's Leadership. Since the inception of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program in the fall of 1999, students have conducted annual interviews with outstanding women leaders. Select transcripts from the collection are accessible on the IWL website.
Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick
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