Journalist Robert Maynard tops among York Daily Record’s alumni

Robert Maynard at his desk at the York, Pa., Gazette and Daily in the 1960s. The noted newsman received his journalistic break at the J.W. Gitt-owned newspaper. The feisty newspaper rejected Barry Goldwater advertising in 1964. A newspaper could reject advertising that advocated things bad for a person’s health, Gitt reasoned. And he put Goldwater in that category.

Bob Maynard, the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ most illustrious alumnus, continues to make the national news years after his death.

Maynard started his newspaper career in the 1960s when the Daily Record was known as The Gazette and Daily. No other daily newspaper would hire the young black reporter, but he and J.W. Gitt connected, and the rest, as they say, is history… .

He went on to the Washington Post and later owned the Oakland Tribune.
Daily Record alumni are working at the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun. But none have achieved national prominence on the level of Bob Maynard. Unless, in his day, it was J.W. Gitt.

Bob Maynard’s name has appeared in columns and Daily Record news stories over the years — including on the occasion of his reception of an honorary degree from York College in the 1980s — but the following is perhaps the best we’ve done: ‘His credentials were his work.’

The Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education keeps his legacy alive by training journalists of color and helping the news media reflect the nation’s diversity.

His daughter, Dori Maynard, former York resident, heads that organization.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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3 Responses to Journalist Robert Maynard tops among York Daily Record’s alumni

  1. Susan Geiselman says:

    You are forgetting one of the Gazette’s most celebrated reporter . He was one of the first investigative reporters in the US , Arthur W Geiselman. My father was the winner of 2 Heywood Broun awards and a Neiman Fellow class of 1964 while at the Gazette and numerous other journalism awards. He also was the first reporter to write about segration in York and the civil rights movement . Bob Maynard could not write a story when he came to the Gazette. My father mentored him and taught him how to write. Bob had no affection for the Gazette ,York or the Gitts.Many nights I would listen to Bob and my father talk about stories, politics ,social issues and the Gazette

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