Kenneth Joel Zogry is the author of Print News and Raise Hell, a book written on the history of The Daily Tar Heel. For the past week, the DTH has published excerpts from the book to celebrate the paper's 125 year anniversary. The book can be purchased on Amazon or through UNC Press.
Editor-in-chief Tyler Fleming spoke on the phone with Zogry to talk about what the impact of this book will be for the UNC community.
The Daily Tar Heel: What first drew you to writing a history of the DTH?
Ken Zogry: For some years, since 1998, I’ve been involved with UNC history as a public historian. I first did a book on The Carolina Inn, and then I had done some other projects. I’ve written some pieces on various topics for the Carolina Alumni Association, and I was brought back in when the Inn was renovated between 2009 and 2013 to do all of those historical exhibits. And in the course of doing those historical exhibits there is a whole column on media and journalism. And I didn’t pick all those people, and there are some thousand people in the whole thing that runs throughout the whole building of various alumni and faculty and so forth, so I got information from the paper and I had done bits of work in the paper whether it was on The Carolina Inn or an article on the origin of Memorial Hall or just various different pieces.
What really happened — we were working on the last picture in the section that has the sports teams in one of the lounges upstairs, we’ve got pictures of supposedly every championship team of any stripe lining the walls, and we needed the most recent one. So I called the DTH and got (former general manager) Kevin Schwartz on the phone, and he said he could supply that photograph. I needed the 2009 picture of the team, so I called the DTH and Kevin got on the phone. He and I got into a conversation, and I said "I’ve been doing all this research for the Inn and some other projects, and there really isn’t a book on the history of The Daily Tar Heel." And he said "Oh, yeah. People have been talking about it for years. Let’s get together and talk about it." So we talked about it and, you know, essentially, DTH Media commissioned me to do the book.”