Wednesday Feb 19th, 2020

Greg Nokes

Black History of Oregon

It is Black History Month. We are to have Oregon author and journalist Greg Nokes joining us to discuss the history of African Americans in Oregon. Nokes is the author of three non-fiction Western histories.

His latest book is “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California,” published in 2018 by Oregon State University Press. His earlier books are “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon” in 2009, and “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory” in 2013, both also published by OSU Press.

Greg spent more than forty years in journalism, during which he traveled to more than fifty countries. As a reporter in Washington, D.C. for The Associated Press, he covered the State Department and traveled with several presidents and secretaries of state on foreign trips. Greg started his career as a reporter for the Medford Mail Tribune, and finished at The Oregonian, where he was both an editor and reporter. He retired from journalism in 2003 to embark on a second career as an author and lecturer on Western history.

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