Nancy Maynard, Famous Black Women

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Nancy Hicks Maynard, a foresighted pioneer in newsroom diversity and a former co-publisher of the Oakland Tribune, died September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. She was 61.

Her death resulted from the intertwined failure of several major organs, her family said.

Prior to her marriage to Robert C. Maynard in 1975, Nancy Hicks was recognized along with her soon-to-be husband, as among the best and most accomplished of the vanguard of fewer than 50 black journalists who moved into significant roles in newspaper, radio and television journalism nationally during the urban conflagrations of the early years of the 1960s. Her several journalistic achievements included coverage of developments surrounding the mid-sixties urban rebellions, cutting-edge developments nationally in science and health ranging from the NASA Apollo program to the costs and effectiveness of Great Society-era health care programs including Medicaid and Medicare.

Maynard's distinguished work for the New York Post, the New York Times, and occasionally the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour preceded and were eventually outshone by her life partnership with her late husband, Robert C. Maynard. The stylish and polished pair left major positions at the New York Times and the Washington Post respectively, struck out on their own and established a highly recognized institute to attract, train and develop minority reporters, editors and media managers.

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, now based in Oakland, Calif., has prepared thousands of graduates to enter the nation's newsrooms, including at the Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Nancy Maynard was the institute's first president and served on its board until 2002.

"I think part of her legacy was being one of the early black women journalists at the Times. Of course, also part of her legacy was being co-publisher of the Tribune. That was groundbreaking," said Dorothy Gilliam, a former Washington Post columnist who was a co-founder of the institute. "Part of her legacy was keeping the institute alive in the early years."

In 1983, the journalistic power couple purchased the financially struggling Oakland Tribune from the Gannett Co. For nearly a decade, during which time Nancy Maynard earned a law degree from Stanford University, the Maynards co-published the daily, where they practiced the diversity in staffing and coverage they had been preaching to white newsroom managers. The paper remains the only major metropolitan daily to have ever been black-owned.

The Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for spot news photographs of the destruction that the Loma Prieta earthquake inflicted on the Bay Area. The paper collected a total of 150 journalism awards under the Maynards. But declining circulation and advertising revenues forced them to sell the daily to the Alameda Newspaper Group in 1994.

Nancy Maynard once told an interviewer that publishing the Tribune was her greatest accomplishment.

She grew up in New York, the biracial child of a black jazz musician and a white mother whose own interest in journalism sparked their daughter's. It was also inspired by an early sense that the metro dailies produced by what were at the time largely segregated newsrooms did not reflect the diversity of their readers.

When her former grammar school burned down, she became so outraged at the negative and inaccurate description of her neighborhood that she decided she needed to do something about misrepresentation of that kind.

Nancy Hicks got her start in a major mainstream daily as a copy clerk at the New York Post while studying journalism at Long Island University. Several New York Times editors taught at the university, and she immediately attracted their attention. She could have gotten a job at the Times right out of college but she decided it would be prudent to begin her career at the New York Post.

She joined the Post's reporting staff after graduating in 1966. At 20, she may have been the youngest reporter at a New York daily and certainly was the only black woman covering news in the city.

In a 2001 interview, Maynard said the "lone low point" in her career occurred at the paper. "In 1968, the Post would not allow me to cover a labor strike among garbage workers in Memphis," she recalled. "Martin Luther King was there to speak at a rally for the garbage workers. He was assassinated that evening."

She moved to the Times, becoming its youngest staff reporter. From the metro staff and the paper's Washington bureau, she covered Robert F. Kennedy's funeral, black student takeovers at Columbia and Cornell universities, the Apollo space missions, the Watergate jury's deliberations and congressional passage of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in college athletics.

The year before joining the Times, she attended an early meeting of the pioneering black journalists who had landed jobs at metro dailies. About 30 of them gathered at the home of a Washington Post staffer. Their host was Robert Maynard, who introduced himself to Nancy Hicks and a friend at the front door.

Hicks and Maynard married in 1975, not long after she moved to the Times Washington Bureau. The ceremony was held at the Washington home of Dr. Robert Butler, who had met Robert Maynard at the Democratic Nominating Convention in 1968 and through him had become friends with Nancy Hicks too.

Though the couple had responsible jobs at major newspapers, both resigned in 1977 to launch a nonprofit initially known as the Institute for Journalism Education, then based in Berkeley, Calif., where they and the institute's co-founders had run a summer program at the University of California campus there to train minority reporters.

The institute was created to do year-round what the Berkeley program had done in the summer and also to champion the market and moral imperatives for newsrooms to "reflect the diversity of thought, lifestyle and heritage in our culture" on their staffs and pages, as Nancy Maynard later expressed the goal.

Nothing like the institute existed at the time. The other seven co-founders were a mix of black, white and Latino journalists. Nancy Maynard, then 30, and Steve Montiel, a 29-year-old reporter for the Associated Press in San Francisco, were the youngest.

"It was a bold move for two people who were really on the rise in their careers at two of the best papers in the country to leave that security and get the institute going," said Montiel, who later served as the institute's president and is still a board member; he now directs the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.

As president, Nancy Maynard led the institute to shift its focus to training editors and newsroom managers, partly because other organizations had started programs to train minority reporters.

"Her leadership was really significant in the early development of the institute. She was fearless, always very optimistic also about what could be achieved," Montiel said. "She understood power and was able to get leaders in the industry and heads of companies to listen to what she had to say. She was able to get them to make commitments" to hire the institute's graduates and other minority journalists.

"As the first president of what was then called the Institute for Journalism Education, Nancy Hicks Maynard set the standard. 'Failure is not an option' was her constant refrain, whether she was talking about a difficult assignment or a seemingly impossible new venture. More often than not she proved to be right. Her determination, her vision will continue to serve as an inspiration in the many years to come," said Dori J. Maynard, current president of the Maynard Institute.

Nancy Maynard also successfully proposed that the American Society of Newspaper Editors adopt a goal of racial-ethnic parity in their newsrooms by the year 2000. That goal, set in 1978, has not been reached. The deadline has been extended to 2025.

Gannett's hiring of her husband in 1979 to be editor of the Oakland Tribune five years later led to the couple's co-ownership of the paper.

Eric Newton, who was the last managing editor under the Maynards, said Nancy Maynard successfully reoriented the circulation and advertising departments to focus on Oakland and Berkeley, rather than suburbs that smaller dailies had come to dominate. As a result, circulation was growing in those urban areas even as financial problems forced a sale, recalled Newton, now a vice president of the Knight Foundation. She also wrote a column for the paper.

"She was a mighty force in the reconstruction of the Tribune," he said.

The newsroom assembled under the Maynards reflected the values they promoted through the institute.

"The Oakland Tribune was a pioneer in news and newsroom diversity," Newton said. "Though we had not yet reached parity with the market, we were nearly half journalists of color and women. I was the main hiring editor during the time when we shot up to the top of the diversity stats. But I think the most interesting thing was our utter lack of a glass ceiling. The higher up you went in the newsroom management, the more diverse it got."

Of Nancy Maynard's description of the paper as her greatest accomplishment, Butler, the longtime friend, said, "I know how proud they were of the Tribune and how hard they worked to keep it afloat, but I think the passion was the minorities' institute, now the Maynard Institute." It was renamed for Robert Maynard after he died from prostate cancer in 1993.

Gilliam recalled Nancy Maynard set high standards for students as an instructor in the reporting program, emphasizing the importance of accuracy by telling them: "If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out."

In the years after her husband's death, Maynard went on to work in consulting, writing and continuing to advocate for newsroom diversity. In 1995, she published a book, "A Woman's Right to Know--Health and Hormones after 35" by Joan Kenley, and in 2000 authored another, "Mega Media: How Market Forces are Transforming News."

She served as a board member or director of the Tribune Company, Public Broadcasting Service, Newspaper Advertising Bureau, Kaiser Permanente and New York Stock Exchange. In 1998, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded her its annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is survived by her partner, Jay T. Harris of Santa Monica, Calif.; mother, Eve Keller of Riverdale, N.Y.; sister, Barbara Guest of Princes George's County, Md.; brother, Al Hall of White Plains, NY: sons David Maynard of Los Angeles and Alex Maynard of Oakland; and daughter, Dori J. Maynard of Oakland.

Funeral services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, 1211 Preservation Parkway, Oakland, Calif. 94612.

Here are some remembrances of Nancy from her fellow institute co-founders.

Nancy Hicks Maynard believed so strongly in the mission of diversifying America's newsrooms that she quit one of the best jobs in the country: reporter at the New York Times. As the first president of the Maynard Institute, she helped establish the organization as the nation's prime agent of change for newsroom diversity. In 1978, her advocacy persuaded the American Society of Newspaper Editors to pass the Year 2000 Goal, which called for the full integration of journalists of color on U.S. newspaper staffs.

It was a privilege to work on the Institute's board with Nancy, who made strategic, sound decisions to advance our work. Nancy made the Institute a leader in training, not only for reporters, but also for editors -- the decision makers on who gets hired and how news events are covered. She shared with her late husband, Bob, the vision and goal of giving readers and other media consumers a more complete view of what was occurring in all communities.

Nancy, you left an indelible mark in American journalism and a formidable legacy.

Rest in peace.

Frank O. Sotomayor
Associate Director, USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism
Maynard Institute Board Member, 1978-1994.

Nancy and I were both in our late 20s when nine of us founded what became the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and we both served as president of the institute. The memories I treasure most come from the early years, the late 1970s and early 1980s - Nancy teaching and leading in the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, boldly proposing, with Bob, the Year 2000 goal (to have newsroom diversity roughly equivalent to the diversity of the U.S. population) the American Society of Newspaper Editors and firmly persuading editors, publishers and CEOs to do the right thing; creating, with Frank Sotomayor, the Editing Program for Minority Journalists; and launching, with Roy Aarons, the groundbreaking JobNet placement service for journalists of color. She was a fearless, astute champion of diversity in news media, and an early advocate of new business models incorporating digital media, always pushing us to be proactive. We've lost a leader who made a difference.

Steve Montiel
Director, USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism
Maynard Institute president, 1988-2000

It is sad to see our founders slipping away. We are indebted to Nancy, who devoted her life with husband Bob Maynard to the early successes of IJE. For her, the Institute was a family business, which she helped run from her home in Washington. She brought a unique perspective to those early days: on many of our problems, she was the one who came up with outside-the-box solutions. And she was tenacious in advocating her position. Those early days were invigorating.

John L. Dotson, Jr.
Retired publisher, Akron Beacon Journal

To fully convey my highest regard for Nancy Hicks Maynard, I must go back to the l970s when we first met. It was a few years after the fiery urban insurrections in many American cities. The Kerner Commission had said the U.S. was moving into two separate and unequal societies, one black and one white. The media, the Commission continued, were part of the problem because they had not hired enough black reporters and editors nor adequately told the white world what was occurring in minority communities.

When, in response, newspapers and television stations began to hire blacks, some of us pioneer journalists who carried the scars of our early treatment and the low regard of our community understood deeply the need for more racial diversity. 'We can't find anyone qualified,' whined many white editors as an excuse for failing to hire people of color. It was into this maelstrom and its aftermath that Nancy Hicks Maynard emerged to national prominence. We met in the mid-1970s, when she, Bob and others of us co-founded the Institute for Journalism Education to train minority journalists and help media managers live up to their commitment to hire more diverse staffs.

I remember Nancy as a master strategist on the IJE board. She and her late husband, Robert Maynard, were behind the decision to lobby the American Society of Newspaper Editors to set a goal to support the editors' commitment to meet their own standards of accuracy and fairness, to hire a more representative workforce.

Nancy was involved in much of the behind-the-scenes lobbying in 1978 to achieve this goal. We kept IJE's role largely out of sight because Nancy and Bob knew that our efforts would be doomed to failure if it became openly known that minority journalists were behind the industry's action. When ASNE finally pledged that by the Year 2000, the percentage of minorities working in the nation's newsrooms would be equivalent to the general U.S. population, affirming that diverse staffs would cover communities of color better than all-white ones, we celebrated merrily - but out of sight.

Nancy and Bob always knew that the issues were more than black and white and, from the beginning, the Institute incorporated all communities of color into our programs. Nancy also supported the strategy to open IJE's editing and management programs to white participants. She argued that they could not cover communities of color if they didn't know about the culture and history of people of color and did not work side by side with minority journalists. That was a groundbreaking decision 20 years ago.

For a few years, Nancy served as IJE's chief executive officer, and I witnessed firsthand her tenacious spirit in fundraising and the myriad other challenges of keeping the Institute thriving. When, in l985, I was nominated as IJE Board chair, I demurred at first, feeling inadequate to the task. Nancy quickly said, 'You can do it and we'll help you!' And she did.

Nancy and Bob's pioneering spirit persisted when, in l983, they became the first blacks to own a major daily newspaper, The Oakland Tribune. During the years they co-published the paper, Nancy and Bob still remained on the IJE Board and I saw them regularly in Oakland or other cities where the board met. During countless meetings, as we mapped our path forward, Nancy, the master strategist, was always on the scene, helping lead us in new and often uncharted courses.

Nancy was saddened, even outraged, when ASNE admitted in 1998 that daily newspapers would not reach the 2000 parity goal and moved the target date by 25 years - to 2025. Like all of us, she lamented the declining circulation and broadcast viewership as the nation's minorities increased. But she knew, as did all of us, that the industry had in a sense written its own epitaph by dragging its feet and failing to listen to people like her when she urged them to swifter action.

I think we all honor best the giant legacy of Nancy, one of the most brilliant strategists among the pioneering minority journalists, by continuing the fight for a full, diverse and accurate portrayal of communities of color as America becomes a majority-minority nation. Despite the rise of the Internet, Web 2.0 and the digital revolution, therein lies a crucial ultimate hope for American democracy.

Dorothy Gilliam

Co-founder, Maynard Institute





Passing of a Great Lady

I'm deeply saddened to learn of Nancy Maynard's death. I can't believe she's gone. She was an amazing role model -- a balance of strength and elegance -- who guided my entry in journalism. She accomplished more by age 30 than I ever will. Nancy was a fearless pioneer who has left behind an enduring legacy. She was a great influence in my life, and I'm grateful that my last memory of her was a joyful one on my wedding day. I'll always remember her kindness and caring advice.

Nancy Maynard

My wife, Joann and I extend our condolences to Dori and her family with the loss of their mother, Nancy Maynard. We had the opportunity to know and visit with Bob and Nancy and discuss the challenges of the industry and the special honor it was for them to own and manage a daily newspaper in Oakland, California. Whatever the occasion, Nancy Maynard was gracious and classy and consistently sought to further the careers of journalist. We remember her as a woman who brought honor and dignity to the newspaper industry. Together with Bob, they were true pioneers that we are very proud to have known. Virgil L. Smith Vice President/Talent Management Gannett Co., Inc.

The Passing of Nancy Hicks

I am nearly Nancy's age and I am still a "Summer Program" baby. Nancy, Bob and the other founders, supporters, editors and mentors associated with what is now IJE in many ways birthed the me I am today. I will forever be grateful for the example they established of giving back, of leading, of building an institution and of creating change. I learned so much more than journalism under Nancy's care. My love to Dori and the boys (who are, of course, men now:). Patrice Gaines Summer Program, 1978


How hard it is to accept that we have lost the lovely and powerful presence of Nancy. Her spirit, her grace and her intellect made for an unparalleled combination. We will honor her best in the pursuit of her passion for including all voices in the telling of the American experience. Our hearts and prayers are with Jay, Nancy's sons, Dori and all the rest of the remarkable Maynard family. Now she rests in peace.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

Blessings to the family and friends of Mrs. Maynard. Her life is a testament to the will of the human spirit; she transcended boundaries that enabled people, especially journalists, to move throughout this industry.

Who Follows Her Footsteps

Too soon, too soon! Yet who am I to speak of time and timeliness and the higher purpose? What can be said about outspoken and pioneers with such gifts of insight and foresight and courage to actualize that vision of our America as Nancy Hicks Maynard? What can be said ... but that... who will forge ahead? Having been away and not as aware, I am of course taken more by her giving than her leaving but still by her sudden departure overcome with tears. I can only say that I look for inspiration from those leaders and of those less outspoken yet still more aware and cognizant of our changing days, for reporting of that inspiration and change. Dear Dori, please tell us what you wish of us when you are available to the influx of the infinite support for you. Sons, speak as you will. And the rest of us for now, as we turn the page, may those who follow realize the weight and wit of those who walked before you, especially those with a bright eye for the future with the courage to create a structure to secure your place in it.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

Mark and I are saddened to hear of Nancy's passing. We worked very closely with her and Bob during the challenging period which led to the restructuring of the Oakland Tribune. We will miss Nancy's grace, intelligence and calming influence. Roberta and Mark Murray

Nancy Hicks Maynard

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Hicks Maynard. As a 1982 graduate of the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, I can honestly say that without her assistance, I wouldn't be Sports Editor of the Clarksdale (MS) Press Register. Ms. Maynard, whom we affectionately called "The Fuhrer" because she was a leader, could be as tough as a buffet steak yet as soft as a baby's blanket. Above all, she was fair and more than proved that she knew how to motivate. Her positive attitude about change, breaking stereotypes, and making a difference has, and will forever, be etched in my psyche. In the years that followed my graduation from the program, our paths didn't cross often. But there was hardly ever a time when I reunited with some of my classmates, several of whom have gone on to star in journalism, when her name didn't come up in passing. The conversation would usually begin with a laugh and end with an update of what she was doing. She was a proud and beautiful person who taught a street-wise knuckled-headed kid from Philadelphia that it's great to care about people and a profession. I know my life is better for having met her.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

The world is a bigger place for having had Nancy in it. Journalism a better craft for all those she trained to participate in it; our lives stronger for having shared her spirit.

Nancy's departure

I can't tell you how much hearing of Nancy's departure strikes at my heart. Bob and Nancy brought me up to the Tribune in 1982 and made me an editorial writer based on my knowledge of water and underground water basins. At the time, I was then the youngest editorial writer in the country. For two years, I was in a privileged position being able to hear how both he and Nancy thought, put ideas together, and combined wisdom with passion. Without people like Nancy and Bob, there would be no Barack. Nancy and Bob inspired me to go on and achieve many things I never would have without their trust, encouragement and transitioning steps. I am grateful. For those who did not know Nancy, there was and will be no one like her. In adoration, Skye Knight Dent

To the Maynard family,

We were neighbors. Our Daniel and Alex were childhood friends. I was a reporter at the Tribune, and regarded Bob as the finest man I ever worked for. We wish the family, especially Dori and Alex, the best of everything. Warmest regards, Robert Bruce

Nancy Maynard

Nancy Maynard's book was titled "Mega Media: How Market Forces Are Transforming News." Her biography could be titled: "Mega Media Force: How Nancy Hicks Maynard Helped Transform America's Newsrooms." She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will endure.

Letter to Nancy - 6/1/01

LETTER TO NANCY - This piece was done for you 7 years ago, but it is shared with those who knew you while sharing with those who never did. Your indomitable spirit and tenacity has fueled the flames for many. I am happy I was one of the few. Rest in peace Mrs. Nancy Maynard. I have no idea where to begin, since I have no idea where is the beginning. I can only attempt to express the feelings of emotion which threatens to overwhelm me. The road to this day has been rocky, and the hills have been steep. But through your words of encouragement I have tried to keep focused. Our lives are touched by many people Yet only a few leave their IMPRINT. You have left yours on my life. You have helped me in more ways than one, and I must say THANK YOU. I do not know how to say it So I will let the PEN say it for me. I have been fortunate in knowing you Richer for having listened to you, More powerful for having followed you. We never know what the next minute may bring Yet you have shown me that I should never fear the unknown But to step out of my comfort zone. Thank you for helping me to keep focused. God Bless

The Passing over of Nancy Hicks Maynard

I recently retired from a 26-year career at one newspaper and the same job that the lovely, gracious and extremely skillful Nancy Hicks Maynard negotiated for me when I was a graduate of the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, Class of 1980. I was a young, single mother. The editor, who would hire me, Frank McCulloch, told me later that he expressed concern to Nancy about me not being able to perform the duties of a cub reporter as a single mother. She told him, "Then you are saying that I have not been able to accomplish what I have done. I was a single mother." I was hired. Who could argue with the journalistic excellence, effectiveness and commitment of Nancy Hicks Maynard? She once told me that the "newsrooms are the trenches of America where the fight is for the minds of the people. So arm yourself with well-honed skills and a strong work ethic and go in there and fight to tell our truths and portray our realities." She changed my life and the face of journalism forever. May God Have Mercy on her Magnificent Soul and Grant her Eternal Paradise.

Peace and Blessings to Ms Maynard

It was 1992 and I was terrified. I was running for Oakland City Council and had never appeared before a newspaper editorial board before. Not part of the inner circles of East Bay power, I had only seen the Maynards from a distance. I didn't know what to expect. So with knees knocking and clammy hands, I entered the Oakland Tribune conference room. I was greeted at the door by a very gracious, warm Nancy Maynard. She offered me tea and gave me enough time to compose myself before I faced the editorial board. The impact of Ms Maynard's simple kindnesses helped me ground myself. In those minutes, I realized that this editorial board really wanted to know what I thought about running a modern city. They truly cared about the leadership of Oakland. That knowledge motivated me to be candid and open about my vision and ideas, no matter how cutting edge. I relaxed and spoke my mind. I left that room stronger and more confident and with an indelible imprint of publisher Nancy Hicks Maynard in my memory. In the months ahead, I came to realize just how important a hometown newspaper can be for a city in transition. I was heart-broken when the Maynards had to sell the paper and deeply saddened by Bob Maynard's passing. With Ms Maynard's passing this week, I feel that an era has passed. However the many lives that these two people touched will be forever changed and I am proud that my life was one of them. As I read the obituaries for Ms Maynard I am struck by the fullness of her life and her many achievements. Many people 20 or 30 years older have not done as much. She leaves an incredible legacy for us all. May God bless Nancy Maynard and her family in all ways.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

It is with deep sympathy, and a profound appreciation for her strategic thinking and tenaciousness, that I add my voice of condolence on the passing of Nancy Hicks Maynard. I was fortunate to have both Nancy and Bob Maynard as balancing mentors in my life and I will forever be grateful for the gifts and opportunities each gave me. Perry L. Lang Former MIJE Vice President and SPMJ ’79 graduate

I remember Nancy ... and Bob

(I posted the following reaction to Nancy's death on the NABJ listserv ... and was reminded by Richard Prince that I needed to post them here as well). Nancy's death makes me very sad. I, too, am an SPMJ grad ('77), and I can state unequivocally that had it not been for that program, I would not be a working journalist today. In fact, there are very few minority journalists who in some way haven't been influenced by the work of the Maynard Institute. For a season there, throughout most of the '70s and '80s, just about the only way for a person of color to get a newspaper job was by way of the Institute for Journalism Education (its name before Bob died in 1993). Today, the Institute has branched out into digital media and other platforms, and it's still a great place to get great training. After two years at The Associated Press, I had the wonderful experience of working for Bob & Nancy at the Oakland Tribune. I remember Bob strolling through the newsroom with his sleeves rolled up, his tie loosened, and his glasses precariously perched on the end of his nose. I remember Nancy coming through quite pregnant with their son Alex, and later going to law school. I have lots and lots of Bob & Nancy memories, and it makes me feel really sad -- and nostalgic -- that both of them are gone. And they both died so young ... Bob was 56; Nancy was 61 (just four years older than me!) Denise Bridges Director of Newsroom Recruitment & Staff Development The Virginian-Pilot

Nancy Hicks Maynard

Amazing is the best word to describe Nancy Hicks Maynard. Her passing is a loss for all, especially we who recognize that diversity in the media is not an entity unto itself, but rather is an integral part of what makes for good newspapering, good broadcasting, good blogging, good journalism. Without diversity and inclusivity, it cannot be good journalism. That is what Nancy and Bob Maynard preached and taught us. Nancy came to visit me in Tucson last year, pitching her idea for a new-fangled news service that would provide in-depth coverage of key national and international issues, tailored to the needs of local media. It was the latest in a lifetime of brilliant ideas from her. Those ideas sustained all of us and enriched society. Sincerest condolences to family, friends and all those who loved Nancy. Michael Chihak IJE Reporting program visiting editor, Berkeley, 1983

Nancy Hicks Maynard

I am deeply saddened by the death of Nancy Hicks Maynard, a perceptive reporter and exceptionally kind and exemplary person. I knew Nancy over 30 years ago when she covered firearms legislation and other criminal justice issues for the New York Times when I was on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee. We had many discussions over those years and I always came away feeling that she understood the issues because she sought to understand them and not simply get quotes here and there from my member of Congress. She listened, she followed up and she got the story correct and fair. I have never forgotten her. Whenever I think of an outstanding reporter, her name comes to mind. While I never had the honor of meeting Bob Maynard, I always felt that I knew him through her. Now, I pleased to see their work continued by the Maynard Institute. I wish her family and colleagues strength and continued inspiration from her work and goodness. Sincerely, Maurice Barboza Alexandria, Virginia

Remembering A Friend

As we think of Nancy, I’m sure there are thousands of personal stories about her impact on our individual lives. She was a woman of accomplishment in so many ways. Her gift to me was serendipitous and unsolicited. Thanks to her direct influence, my profile was included (along with those of a number of legendary broadcasters) in the original Freedom Forum Newseum, the first interactive Museum of News. Later, when I had a chance to visit Nancy in New York to offer a rambling thank you for the honor, she responded to my effusive appreciation by replying, “Oh it was nothing. Can I get you something to drink?” This was a lesson well-taught: Make your impact and then keep going. I’ve attempted to exemplify this philosophy in my own career and personal life, but thanks to Nancy Maynard, that recognition, on that day, forever changed the way I view my place in society. I suppose she knew that it would. Thank you Nancy.

Nancy and Bob Maynard

The journalism of Nancy and Bob was always stellar from their very beginnings in the profession. What stood them apart was their deep devotion to the legacy of journalism, expressed through the thousands they mentored and picked up from the battlefield bruised and battered, sending them out to fight another day. I knew them early in my career and at the beginning of their stewardship of what would become the Maynard Institute. I, we all, owe them so much. They cared enough to think about the future generations of journalists. We have to continue that legacy.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

When I read of Nancy’s passing on Monday, I too was reminded of the role that she played in the thousands of lives of fledgling and aspiring journalists over the last four (4) decades. She will never know how much she – and all of the others who made the Institute happen in those early years – affected not only the drive for diversity in the world of media but throughout non-media related industries and institutions as many of us moved on carrying the call for equity and opportunity to other venues. For the permission and the tools to keep fighting the battle, I thank you Nancy! To Dori and the boys, you are in my heart and in my prayers.

Nancy Hicks Maynard

I am deeply saddened by the death of Nancy Hicks Maynard. Indeed, I cannot believe it. She was a light in a profession that did not know that it was in the dark. May perpetual light shine upon her. Cynthia Adina Kirkwood, SPMJ 1980 Chepstow, Wales

Nancy Hicks

Nancy Hicks Maynard, Roy Aarons and other media pioneers lifted us up, while others tried to tear us down. As a young reporter at the old San Francisco Chronicle, I'd heard the last gook & affirmative-action joke that I wanted to hear -- the last one. I called Nancy to talk. She took me to lunch in Berkeley. She told me not to worry, the hate came with the territory. She said to be patient, my time would come. I'm still at it 25 years later. We didn't know each other well, but thank you, Nancy. Your spirit lives. - Ed Iwata, SPJM class of '81

Thank You

My name is Anthony Adams and both Nancy and Bob Maynard saved my life. I was a young aspiring reporter in Oakland, California in the early 80's and Bob Maynard took me under his wings. I am deeply saddened by Nancy's passing and pray that God continues to give comfort to the family. Bob and Nancy loved me like I was family and introduced me to great journalists like Denise Holt and Wanda Ravernell along with Steve O'Donoghue at Fremont High in Oakland, CA. I am now a minister in Fairfield, CA. Because of Jesus, I can truly say that God is Love and His love abides forever. Thanks Tony Adams

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