Region loses longtime Black public radio journalist

Toni Randolph
Toni Randolph Photo courtesy of MPR News

(Twin Cities – July 4, 2016) — News of the passing of veteran news editor and reporter Toni Randolph shocked the journalism profession at the local and national levels — especially through organizations seeking to increase the numbers of journalists of color in newsrooms. The repeated refrain of Randolph’s commitment and dedication to current and future journalists resonated on social media posts.

Randolph most recently was the Minnesota Public Radio editor for New Audiences. Maria Douglas Reeve, chapter president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists, issued an official statement on behalf of the membership:

“We, the members of Twin Cities Black Journalists, are profoundly saddened at the death of our dear colleague, sister and friend Toni Randolph. Toni was committed to the ideals of journalism, especially diversity and inclusiveness. She was dedicated to bringing in new voices, new talent and encouraging those making their way in our business. Toni was the type of sister- friend who spread goodness and light. She was regal in her carriage and a voice of calm and reason. We will deeply miss her.”

An active TCBJ member and former officer, Randolph lived the values and mission of the national organization, including the importance of fairness in the workplace, expanding job opportunities in newsrooms, and working with high schools and colleges to identify and encourage Black students to become journalists.

Recognized for her high standards and journalistic integrity, Randolph was the recipient of the 2014 ThreeSixty Journalism’s Widening the Circle Award, as well as awards by the National Association of Black Journalists and numerous fellowships.

Services for Toni Randolph will take place Tuesday, 11 am at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in North Minneapolis.

This information was provided by Twin Cities Black Journalists. Look for more on Toni Randolph’s legacy in journalism in the MSR in coming weeks.

Minnesota Public Radio’s story on the passing of Toni Randolph: Veteran MPR News journalist, mentor and teacher Toni Randolph dies

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