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Raymond H. Boone
Raymond H. Boone is the founder, editor and publisher of the Richmond Free Press, a progressive, prize-winning weekly newspaper with a readership of more than 135,000.
The Free Press, under Boone’s leadership, is the most honored newspaper in the Richmond region. He is the recipient of the 2006 Oliver W. Hill Freedom Fighter Award, the Virginia NAACP’s highest honor; the 2006 DaimlerChrysler Entrepreneurial Award; a 2006 first-place Virginia Press Association editorial writing award that recognizes his skill in giving a strong voice to the voiceless; and the 2006 International Toastmasters’ Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of the 2005 A. Philip Randolph Messenger Award “for publishing excellence in civil rights.” In 2003, the Free Press won eight national awards for journalistic excellence from the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association.
In recognition of his “exceptional achievement” in the newspaper industry, Boone was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame at Virginia Commonwealth University on April 6, 2000.
He is the recipient of numerous other awards. They include: The 2003 Dominion Resources Strong Men and Women Excellence in Leadership Award; The 2003 Metropolitan Business League Entrepreneur of the Year Award; The 2002 National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian of the Year Award; and the 2002 United Negro College Fund Flame Bearer for Education Award.
In 1998, Richmond Magazine named him to its list of “100 Power Players” in Central Virginia. In 1999, Style Magazine, in partnership with the Valentine Museum, named Boone among Richmond’s “Movers and Shapers” of the 20th century.
Boone is a former associate professor of journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he taught for nearly nine years before starting the publication of the Free Press in 1992. The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla., honored him for his "outstanding teaching in journalism." Black Enterprise magazine once hailed his brand of journalism as a model for the survival of black newspapers in America.
Prior to joining the Howard faculty, Boone was editor and vice president of the Baltimore-based Afro-American Newspaper Group. Time magazine has credited him with bringing "sophistication and verve" to the black press. He also was a reporter for the Norfolk Journal and Guide. He also has daily newspaper experience, having worked as a reporter for the Quincy (Mass.) Patriot-Ledger and the Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald.
While serving as a Pulitzer Prize juror on two separate occasions, he spearheaded a successful effort that resulted in the placement of African-Americans and women on the Pulitzer Board at Columbia University.
As a correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Boone has written from Germany, Finland, the former Soviet Union, Israel and Cuba. Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder appointed him to the Virginia Commission on Campaign Finance Reform, Government Accountability and Ethics. He holds life memberships in the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is also a member of the National Association of Guardsmen.
A native of Suffolk, Va., Boone holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in political science from Howard University.
He is married to the former Jean Patterson of Columbia, S.C. They are the parents of two adult children, Regina Helen Boone and Raymond H. Boone, Jr.