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Geri M. Joseph

Geri M. Joseph distinguished herself both as a journalist covering vital stories and as US ambassador to the Netherlands during a diplomatic crisis. Joseph wrote for and later edited the school newspaper at the University of Minnesota before taking a position at the Minneapolis Morning Tribune in 1946, covering politics, welfare, and other major issues. Her in-depth reporting garnered her six American Newspaper Guild Awards and other honors. She left the Tribune in 1954 and went into politics, campaigning for both her local party and for Hubert Humphrey. By 1959 she was elected to the Democratic National Committee and served on their executive committee. In 1964, as a member of the DNC’s credentials committee, she voted to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the first mixed-race delegation from Mississippi. As president of the National Association for Mental Health, she worked towards national reform and helped educate the public on mental health issues. She served as ambassador to the Netherlands from 1978–1981, handling protests of US decisions on nuclear weapons and economic policy, and was threatened with kidnapping by a radical group. On her return to the US, she taught classes on foreign policy at Minnesota University’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, among others.

Date of Birth
June 19, 1923
Place of Birth
St. Paul, Minnesota

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Geri M. Joseph." (Viewed on October 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/joseph-geri>.

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