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John J. Oliver

President, Afro-American Newspapers

John Oliver, Jr. is the CEO of the AFRO-American Company of Baltimore City, Inc. and the Publisher of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. editions of the Afro-American Newspapers, Every Wednesday (EW) Magazine, and the most recent addition to the AFRO family of publication, The Afro-Chronicles. Mr. Oliver holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee (class of 1969), and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY (class of 1972). He is a member of both the New York and Maryland bars.

Mr. Oliver is the immediate past President of the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA), a confederation of over 200 African American weekly newspapers reaching over 15 million readers each week. He is also the Chairman of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the state body which provides budgetary and curriculum oversight to all of the Maryland funded higher education institutions. Mr. Oliver is a member of the Board of Directors of The First Mariner Bank. In addition to serving on many civic boards over the past years, Mr. Oliver has also served as a member of diversity oversight committees for Texaco and the Coors Brewing Company.

Afro-American Newspapers

The AFRO American Newspapers
2519 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 554-8200


Recognizing the strength of our history, the AFRO-American company strives to be a profitable, innovative communications company that benefits customers, employees and stockholders. To preserve, gather, and disseminate information of significance to people of African descent through quality products and services.


To empower, enrich, and improve the community.


Established: 1892

Industry: Multimedia Communications

Products/Services: Newspapers

Established on August 13, 1892, by John H. Murphy, Sr., The Afro-American Newspaper is the nation's longest-running African-American, family-owned newspaper and with more than 100,000 readers, it is the leading African-American news source in the Baltimore/Washington region.

For 17 years, Mr. Oliver has led the newspaper a strictly print vehicle to a multimedia company. Under his leadership, the AFRO is reaching beyond the African-American community by using radio programs, television partnerships and the Internet. Through these vehicles the AFRO is able to increase its presence in the market, as well as its revenue and its community support. The newspaper sponsors three community programs: Afro-Clean Block, Afro-Mrs. Santa, and Character Education.

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