Item SR1035_S01 - Oral history interview with Bernie Foster [Sound Recording 01]

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Oral history interview with Bernie Foster [Sound Recording 01]


  • 2017-08-30 (Creation)


WAVE (Format); 00:34:19

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Bernard "Bernie" V. Foster was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1940. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam in 1963. In 1975, he and his wife, Bobbie Doré Foster, founded The Skanner newspaper in Portland, Oregon. The paper later opened an additional office in Seattle, Washington. In the 1990s, he founded The Skanner Foundation, which grants awards and scholarships to members of Oregon's black community. In 2013, he and Bobbie Doré Foster received the Oregon Historical Society's History Makers award.

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Session 1. This oral history interview with Bernie Foster was conducted by Jan Dilg at The Skanner Newsgroup offices in Portland, Oregon, from August 30 to October 12, 2017. Bernie Foster was nominated by Oregonians to be interviewed as part of a program by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library to enhance and expand the range of voices in the library's collections. Interviewees are selected from the pool of nominees by a staff committee appointed by the historical society's executive director. The interview was recorded over three sessions; however, the first part of the first session was not recorded. In the first interview session, conducted on August 30, 2017, Foster discusses the history and daily operation of The Skanner, the Portland-based newspaper he co-founded. He talks about hiring journalists, attempting to expand into radio, and running an online news site. He talks about his involvement with the National Black Publishers Association and some of the stories he published, including on the topic of policing in Portland.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA,

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  • eng

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December 14, 2020 11:29 AM

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