Gary broadcast pioneer Warrick-Crisman
February 17, 2007
By LISA DeNEAL Post-Tribune
A school field trip led Gary native Geraldine Warrick-Crisman
down a path of breaking racial boundaries in the field
of broadcasting in the 1960s. Warrick-Crisman died
Monday from cancer at the age of 76 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
A teacher and guidance counselor at Froebel High School
in Gary, Warrick-Crisman took her students on a field
trip to WMAQ-TV in Chicago and wowed the station manager
who hired her that same day, according to her daughter,
Ingrid Warrick, of Scottsdale.
A 20-year career in
broadcasting and television followed. Later, she worked
for NBC in New York. "My mother was a rarity in
broadcasting. In those days, you rarely saw a black
woman in big positions," Warrick said of her mom, a 1948
Roosevelt High graduate. Warrick-Crisman left NBC
in 1981 and bought a New Jersey radio station but she
never forgot her home town.
"She helped a lot of
people. She had great love for Gary," her daughter said.
She worked for former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and
became a public affairs executive officer with the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Warrick-Crisman survived the first terrorist attack
inside the World Trade Center in 1993 when she worked
for Port Authority.
Warrick-Crisman was the
first black to be named national president of the
American Women in Radio and Television in 1983.
She retired from the Port Authority in 1997 and moved to
Scottsdale with her late husband, Bruce Crisman.
Warrick-Crisman is survived by two children and two
A memorial service will
be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in Scottsdale at the Messigner
Pinnacle Peak Mortuary.
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