Pioneering Black Journalist Dale R. Wright Dies

Friday, December 25, 2009

The first reporter to integrate the newsroom at the old New York World Telegram and Sun has died. Dale R. Wright was 86.

Among Wright's best-known work was a ten-part investigative series in the early 1960s about the plight of migrant farm workers. The award-winning series prompted legislators to improve conditions for migrant workers. In 1965, Wright published a book, They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker, based on the series.

Wright also worked as a press secretary to notable New York politicians such as Mayor Edward Koch, Sen. Jacob K. Javits, and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

Daughter Kimberly Wright-King says her father died at a Bronx nursing home Dec. 13 of chronic kidney disease and cardiopulmonary arrest.

Wright is survived by his daughter and a son.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by