Barbara Nevins Taylor

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Barbara Nevins Taylor
Born
Barbara Segal

Alma materCity College of New York
OccupationJournalist, author, audio narrator
Years active1974–present
SpouseNick Taylor
Parent(s)Zelick Richard “Zeke” Segal and Juliet Beatrice
Websitewww.consumermojo.com

Barbara Nevins Taylor is an American investigative journalist, journalism professor, audiobook narrator and author.[1] She serves as Acting Journalism Program Director at the City College of New York. Nevins Taylor is also founder of ConsumerMojo.com, a website that provides information about consumer-sensitive issues. She has won many awards for her reporting, and in addition to her television work has written articles about social justice, women and children for publications including The New York Times.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Early biography[edit]

Barbara Nevins Taylor, née Segal, grew up in Laurelton, Queens, New York City, the first child of Juliet Beatrice, an elementary public school teacher, and Zelick Richard “Zeke” Segal,[8] an actor, CBS television news executive, playwright and professor. Barbara studied acting at New York's High School of Performing Arts - later named LaGuardia High School - and worked in off-off Broadway productions. She graduated from The City College of New York in 1970 with majors in English literature and sociology.[4][9]

Journalism career[edit]

Nevins Taylor began her journalism career in the late 1960s as an assistant beauty and fashion editor at Macfadden Communications Group. After completing college and taking a few acting roles, she resumed her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for WHNT-TV, Huntsville, Alabama. The next year she moved to WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky, where in addition to general assignment reporting, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. news. She went on to Atlanta's WAGA-TV in 1976 as a general assignment and political reporter covering the Georgia General Assembly, Atlanta City Hall, and Jimmy Carter's presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980. She also co-anchored Sunday Evening, a news and public affairs show.[4]

Investigative journalism[edit]

In 1984 Nevins Taylor returned to New York as a general assignment and enterprise/investigative reporter for WCBS-TV. Among other assignments she covered the trials in federal and state courts of Gambino crime boss John Gotti and the federal court trial of New York's five Mafia families known as the Mafia Commission case. She also covered the trials of Claus Von Bulow, Leona Helmsley, Imelda Marcos, and alleged arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.[10] During her work for WCBS-TV she regularly reported about social issues including homelessness, the foster care crisis and the crack cocaine epidemic. Her work included reporting in the award-winning series on foster care, No Place To Call Home.[11] She also co-hosted, with long-time anchor Jim Jensen, the weekly news retrospective Sunday Edition.[12] Nevins Taylor also discovered potential for election fraud in New York City when she was able to register multiple times to vote in primary elections.[13][14]

CNBC[edit]

Nevins Taylor's investigative portfolio expanded when she moved to CNBC in 1992. The business cable channel hired her as a correspondent on The Real Story and she also hosted Consumer Speak-Out, a show with a live audience that explored consumer issues.

WWOR-TV, UPN9, MY9 and WNYW-Fox5[edit]

In 1993, Nevins Taylor went to work for WWOR-TV, also to become UPN9, and MY9. As an investigative reporter, she covered issues involving white-collar crime such as mortgage fraud, government wrong-doing, illegal cosmetic surgeries, and unlicensed doctors.[15][16][17] Her enterprise reports led to federal, state and local criminal prosecutions, and one series of reports sparked a congressional hearing.[18] She also covered breaking news and hard news stories, including the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, where she reported live for both UPN9 and sister station Fox5. She continued as an investigative reporter and joined the investigative team at WNYW Fox5, WWOR's sister station.[2]

ConsumerMojo[edit]

In 2012, Nevins Taylor founded ConsumerMojo, a website that focuses on consumer issues, including online scams, credit and credit reports, retirement, Medicare, travel, immigration and concerns of people over 55.[19][20]

Teaching[edit]

Nevins Taylor began teaching in 2010 and was an assistant professor in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College until 2015. She taught active writing and video storytelling. She also acted as the de facto news director of a student news team that reported and produced stories for local cable broadcast. In 2014, her students won the national Emmy for the best student broadcast. At Hunter College in 2012, she was the Jack Newfield Visiting Professor of Investigative Journalism teaching investigative reporting for video platforms. She taught broadcast writing at Hofstra University in 2012-2013. Since the fall of 2016, she has taught television journalism and video reporting, and Introduction to Journalism with an emphasis on writing in the Department of Media and Communication Arts at The City College of New York.[21][2][22]

Awards and honors[edit]

Nevins Taylor has received many television journalism awards from organizations including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter, Associated Press, New York Press Club, Newswomen's Club of New York and the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club, and the Silurians Press Club. Her awards include: a 2012 Emmy for Journalistic Enterprise, 2010 Emmy for an investigation into a Ponzi scheme, 2010 for an investigation into Unpaid Workers, 2009 for an investigation into Medicaid Fraud. In 2007 she won four Emmy awards including a 2007 Emmy for an investigative series about a police informant, a 2007 Emmy for an investigation into parking ticket payments, a 2007 Emmy for on-camera talent for an investigation into mortgage fraud, a 2004 Emmy for “No Way To Live,” a series of reports that uncovered dangerous living conditions in New York City, a 2009 Front Page Award for news reporting and 2007 Front Page Award for investigative reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York, a 2011 New York Press Club award for her investigation into local government waste, and a 2010 award for her reporting about unpaid workers from the New York Press Club. The City College of New York, awarded her Townsend Harris Medal for achievement in investigative journalism, and she was also voted into the CCNY Communications Alumni Hall of Fame. Encore.org named her one of its Purpose Prize fellows in 2014 for founding and her reporting on ConsumerMojo.com.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Community involvement[edit]

Nevins Taylor served as a trustee of the Community Service Society of New York from 2001 to 2018. She also served on the board of Jumpstart, New York and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1983, Nevins Taylor has been married to non-fiction author Nick Taylor. They fostered a child, now grown, with whom they remain in touch. They have served as mentors to several children.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Beautiful Skin of Color: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive, and Dark Skin, Barbara Nevins Taylor, Fran Cook-Bolden and Jeanine Downie, ReganBooks, 10 May 2005, ISBN 978-0060521554

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Barbara Nevins Taylor - Audio Book Narrator”
  2. ^ a b c Alumni Association of the City College of New York
  3. ^ "Journalism Faculty Profiles". City College of New York. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Fanning, Diane (2007). Under the Knife: A Beautiful Woman, a Phony Doctor, and a Shocking Homicide (Chapter sixteen). Macmillan. ISBN 978-1429936910.
  5. ^ “Los Angeles Times:"The Promos, the Hype, the Swaps for the Sweeps Continue (Feb 12,1988)”
  6. ^ “The New York Times:"Wolf Packs Don't Have Much in Common With Human Gangs (May 14, 1994)”
  7. ^ Gough, Paul (April 2, 2007). "WNBC-TV cleans up at N.Y. Emmys". Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  8. ^ “The New York Times:"Zeke Segal, Journalist, 78”
  9. ^ “LinkedIn profile:"Barbara Nevins Taylor”
  10. ^ Stites, Tom (June 11, 1985). "Von Bulow Chronicles still far from over". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  11. ^ “CHANNEL 2 EYE ON: NO PLACE TO CALL HOME (TV)”
  12. ^ "Fatal Charms and Other Tales of Today and: The Mansions of Limbo". Dominick Dunne (Ballantine Books). Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Uhlig, Mark (April 21, 1988). "Reporter Risks Inquiry With Vote-Fraud Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  14. ^ “Associated Press News:"Elections Board Asks Inquiry into Reporter's Multiple Registrations (April 21, 1988)”
  15. ^ Robbins, Tom (June 2, 2009). "TV Showdown for Deadbeat Luxury Builder". The Village Voice. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  16. ^ “IRE:"Investigative Reporters and Editors”
  17. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (May 22, 2004). "OP-BOTCH SURGEON NAILED AGAIN; TV CREW PINS BOOTED DOC". New York Post. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  18. ^ “Youtube:"Undercover to Expose Criminal Doctor”
  19. ^ “Encore:"Barbara Nevins Taylor”
  20. ^ “Consumer Mojo”
  21. ^ “Brooklyn College:"A Résumé Booster with a Ring to It”
  22. ^ “Jack Newfield:"Barbara Nevins Taylor”
  23. ^ “THE NEW YORK CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF THE 55th ANNUAL NEW YORK EMMY® AWARDS”
  24. ^ “THE NEW YORK CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF THE 53RD ANNUAL NEW YORK EMMY® AWARDS”
  25. ^ The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announces results of the 52nd Annual New York Emmy® Awards
  26. ^ “THE 2007 NEW YORK EMMY® AWARDS”
  27. ^ “Newswomen's Club of New York Announces Front Page Awards”
  28. ^ “Newswomen's Club of New York Announces 2007 Front Page Awards Winners”
  29. ^ “Deadline Club, NYC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists:"PAST AWARDS WINNERS AND FINALISTS ”
  30. ^ “N.Y. Emmys favor WPIX:"Investigative Journalism Category”
  31. ^ Toor, Faraz (March 18, 2014). "Brooklyn College Says Hello to Hollywood". The Excelsior. Retrieved 16 January 2020.