2013 Heritage Award Honoree – A’Lelia Bundles

  • Harvard A.B., 1974
  • Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, M.S., 1976

A’Lelia Bundles is chair and president of the board of the Foundation for the National Archives. She is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great grandmother. Her biography On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker was named a New York Times Notable Book.

For 30 years Ms. Bundles was a network television news executive and producer. During that time she was director of talent development for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and New York, deputy bureau chief of ABC News in Washington, D.C., and a producer with ABC News and NBC News.

Ms. Bundles is a member of the boards of the Madam Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis, the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute. At Columbia, she is co-chair of the CAA Strategic Planning Committee, a du Pont Broadcast Awards juror, and a co-class agent for Columbia School of Journalism’s class of 1976. She chaired a committee charged with revamping the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Association.