Early years was one of six children to Samuel C. and Robertine Isola Greaves, both immigrants from Barbados. At 16 years old, he dropped out of Brooklyn High School to pursue his passion for writing. "s career in journalism began in 1961 at York Gazette & Daily in York, Pennsylvania.
In 1965, he received a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University and joined the editorial staff of the Washington Post the following year.
In 1979, took over as editor of The Oakland Tribune and became the first African American to own a major metropolitan newspaper after purchasing the paper four years later. He is widely recognized for turning around the then struggling newspaper and transforming it into a 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning journal. greatly valued community involvement.
He taught at local high schools and frequently attended community forums. His positive, proactive outlook helped many in need, including children of cocaine-addicted mothers and earthquake and firestorm victims. used the outreach of his newspaper to better the community by pushing for improved schools, trauma care centers, and economic development.
The Robert C. Institute for Journalism Education In 1977, co-founded the Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training journalists of color and providing accurate representation of minorities in the news media.
Foreign more than thirty years, the Institute has trained over 1,000 journalists and editors from multicultural backgrounds across the United States. Personal life.