My Times in Black and White

My Times in Black and White
My Times in Black and White

My Times in Black and White

Race and Power at the New York Times
By Gerald M. Boyd, Afterword by Robin D. Stone


432 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $26.95 (CA $29.95) (US $26.95)

ISBN 9781556529528

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Feb 2010)
Lawrence Hill Books


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An autobiographical account of race, journalism, and a white-establishment media giant

A rags-to-riches story of the climb from urban poverty to the New York Times, this insider’s view of struggle and change at the nation’s premier newspaper reconstructs the most controversial period in the paper’s history and records how journalists reported and edited the biggest events of the past two decades. A candid discussion on race, this memoir is the inspirational story of a man who covered presidents, documented extraordinary social and cultural challenges, led his team to an unprecedented number of Pulitzers, stumbled disastrously during an unjust scandal, and in the end discovered the true value of his life.


"Gerald Boyd was an outstanding journalist of the old school . . . He was a passionate spokesman for diversity in journalism, and his life story is an inspiration for all."  —George H. W. Bush, forty-first president of the United States

"Revealing, infuriating, heartbreaking, and occasionally incendiary, My Times in Black and White is always informative, instructive, and insightful. This often-wrenching book is both a passionate cautionary tale and an incitement to excellence, fairness, and honesty, journalistic and otherwise."  —Jill Nelson, author, Volunteer Slavery

"I knew Gerald Boyd as a fair boss, a fine man, and a serious journalist. His honest, deeply affecting, and revealing memoir has made me realize (to my great regret) how much of him I didn't know."  —Todd S. Purdum, national editor, Vanity Fair

"In My Times in Black and White, Gerald Boyd turns the laser-focus of journalism on his own life of accomplishment and, yes, sometimes of hubris . . . This piercing look at what it means to observe power, be power, and lose power is timely for us all."  —Farai Chideya, reporter and author, Kiss the Sky

"This book, unusually honest, sometimes harsh, always thoughtful, will be must reading for those who spent any of the last 30 years near newspapers and for those who care, as Boyd did, about larger issues of race and society."  —Donald E. Graham, chairman, Washington Post Company

"Boyd's book . . . offers lessons on leading and shares his passion for reporting the news"  —Karen Dunlap, president, The Poynter Institute

"Boyd's pain is just as obvious as his triumph. We are left with the belief that he gave more to the New York Times than she gave him, and that it is a better institution because of his presence."  —Roland S. Martin, host, TV One Cable Network; CNN contributor

"An inspiring and riveting tale"  —Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor, Essence

Author Biography

Gerald M. Boyd was the first black managing editor at the New York Times. During his 20-year tenure with the Times, he served various roles, including White House correspondent. Prior to his work at the Times, he had a career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A Neiman Fellow at Harvard, he was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was named the Journalist of the Year by the National Associated of Black Journalists. Robin D. Stone is the author of No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse; a former deputy editor of Health magazine; a former executive editor of Essence magazine; and the founding editor-in-chief of A former editor at the New York Times, she has written articles for the Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, and the Times. She lives in New York City.