Veteran Journalist Dori J. Maynard Dies at 56

Dori J. Maynard of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, left, speaks during a forum at Preservation Park's Nile Hall in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, July 18, 2013. To the right is Arnold Perkins, of the Alameda County Public Health Department. The Oakland Tribune and the Maynard Institute held the free public forum to discuss touch on the Zimmerman trial and how media images impact perception. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)

Veteran Journalist Dori J. Maynard Dies at 56

An advocate for diversity in the newsroom, she led the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Published February 25, 2015

(Photo: Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)

Dori J. Maynard, a champion of diversity in journalism, has died in Oakland, California. She was 56.

"Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism," Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told the San Jose Mercury News. "She was the voice that must be heard."

Maynard was the daughter of Robert C. Maynard, the former owner of the Oakland Tribune. She was the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education until her death. Maynard also served on the Knight board. She worked at the Detroit Free Press, the Bakersfield Californian and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass., according to AP. 

"When others were shying away from speaking about race, Dori was fearless. She made an amazing difference for so many people," Garcia said.

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