Mary Braxton-Joseph is an Emmy-award winning journalist and media consultant. Mary has worked in both the United States and South Africa. She co-founded a South African film production company and was instrumental in the development of two documentaries while living in South Africa (1996 through 1999). She conducted the initial research—including an interview with President Nelson Mandela—for “Apartheid’s Last Stand,” a documentary for the Discovery Channel that aired in 1999. She also served as South Africa Project Coordinator for “Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace,” a documentary on race and reconciliation that featured Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Dr. John Hope Franklin. This documentary aired in the U.S. on PBS and in South Africa on SABC in 2001.
From 1990 through1995, Mary was Senior Advisor for Media Relations and Public Affairs for the Council on Foundations, an international association of 1900 foundations and other private donors whose assets total more than 200 billion dollars. Prior to joining the Council, Mary served as Manager of Community Affairs and Editorials for WJLA-TV 7, the ABC Network affiliate in Washington, D.C. She has won numerous awards for editorial excellence and television programming.
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Mary is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. where she lived and worked for many years and held leadership positions in several organizations. A North Carolina resident since 2000, she has served on several boards including Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (as Chair 2010-12), Bennett College for Women, WUNC Radio and the N.C. Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Mary lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, the Honorable James A. Joseph, former U.S Ambassador to South Africa.