Made Local

Liann Tsoukas and Rob Ruck

Joined in conversation with Edwina Kaikai

Mal Goode (1908–1995) became network news’s first African American correspondent when ABC News hired him in 1962. Raised in Homestead and Pittsburgh, he worked in the mills, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, and went on to become a journalist for the Pittsburgh Courier and later for local radio. With his basso profundo voice resonating on the airwaves, Goode challenged the police, politicians, and segregation, while providing Black listeners a voice that captured their experience. Race prevented him from breaking into television until Jackie Robinson dared ABC to give him a chance. Goode was uncompromising in his belief that network news needed Black voices and perspectives if it were to authentically reflect the nation’s complexities. His success at ABC initiated the slow integration of network news. Goode’s life and work are remarkable in their own right, but his struggles and achievements also speak to larger issues of American life and the African American experience.

Liann Tsoukas teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh, where her courses focus on African American history, US surveys, contemporary US history, and gender and sport. Tsoukas directs the sport studies certificate and serves as an assistant dean as well as the History Department’s director of undergraduate studies. She has been recognized with several honors including the 2023 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Rob Ruck is a historian at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches and writes about sport. He focuses on how people use sport to tell a collective story about who they are to themselves and the world. He is the author of Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game, and Rooney: A Sporting Life, among other titles. His documentaries Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men and The Republic of Baseball: Dominican Giants of the American Game appeared on PBS.

Edwina L Kaikai is another trailblazing, award-winning Pittsburgh journalist. She is believed to be the first Black woman to become a senior editor at The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her awards include a Golden Quill from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and a Pioneer Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. For many years she was co-founder and co-director of the PBMF’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for high school students. She was on the board of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors before being elected its president. Ms. Kaikai is now retired and lives in the Westwood section of Pittsburgh with her husband, Sidney B. Kaikai.


Mal Goode Reporting is available from White Whale Bookstore.


Presented in Collaboration with
University of Pittsburgh Press


Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 6 p.m.


This lecture will be recorded and available to view on our YouTube channel at a later date.
Registration may also be completed by email at or by phone at 412.622.8866.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


Upcoming Lectures

Anna Monardo

MAY 23

Liann Tsoukas and Rob Ruck

JUN 20

Colm Toibin

SEP 16

Pico Iyer

SEP 30