Marjorie Parham, publisher emerita of Cincinnati Herald, dead at 103

Marjorie Parham, publisher emerita of Cincinnati Herald, dead at 103

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Cincinnati Councilwoman Yvette Simpson presents a resolution Wednesday to honor Majorie Parham as a community leader and honor her more than 30 years of service as the owner and publisher of the Cincinnati Herald.

Updating with list of survivors, funeral arrangements; donations may be made to the National Association of Black Journalists.

Marjorie Parham, an accidental publisher who took control of the Cincinnati Herald after her husband’s death and for more than 30 years made the newspaper a guide star for the region’s Black residents as well as the city, died Tuesday. She was 103.

Dr. Rhonda Spillers Washington, Parham’s granddaughter, said Parham died in her sleep at her longtime home in the Cottingham retirement community in Sharonville. Washington said Parham had otherwise been in good health with “no COVID” and had been vaccinated in December. 

In February 2018, Parham celebrated her 100th birthday with a massive party surrounded by friends and family. The display of her professional and civic awards over her career spilled over two tables.



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