Item SR1056_S01 - Oral history interview with Bobbie Doré Foster [Sound Recording 01]

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Oral history interview with Bobbie Doré Foster [Sound Recording 01]


  • 2017-08-29 (Creation)


WAVE (Format); 01:42:58

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Bobbie Doré Foster was born in Abbeville, Louisiana, in 1938. In 1965, she moved to Astoria, Oregon, where she attended Clatsop Community College. She then lived in Seattle, Washington, where she and Bernie Foster were married. The couple settled in Portland, Oregon, and in 1975, they founded The Skanner newspaper, which later added an office in Seattle. In 1989, Foster completed her education in journalism at Portland State University. She serves as The Skanner's executive editor. In 2013, she and Bernie Foster received the Oregon Historical Society's History Makers award.

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Session 1. This oral history interview with Bobbie Doré Foster was conducted by Jan Dilg in the office of The Skanner Newsgroup from August 29 to September 26, 2017. Bobbie Dore 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 conducted in three sessions. In the first interview session, conducted on August 29, 2017, Foster discusses her early life in Abbeville, Louisiana. She talks about the importance of education, and briefly describes her education in Louisiana. She then talks about moving to Astoria, Oregon, in 1965, and attending Clatsop Community College. She discusses spending some years in Seattle, Washington, and settling in Portland, Oregon, and studying journalism at Portland State University. She speaks about her involvement in the founding of The Skanner Newsgroup with her husband, Bernie Foster, in 1975; describes the process of printing a newspaper; and talks about the mission of the paper. She talks about the paper’s readership, gentrification in the neighborhood of the Skanner building, and expanding the paper to Seattle. She talks about issues affecting the black community; talks about her experience as a woman in the media, and about as other women journalists; and discusses other black newspapers around the United States.

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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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