It’s very possible that you’ve invited him into your living room – him, or a reasonable facsimile of him, that is…tiny boxes of light on your TV screen that form a friendly, inviting face augmented by an easy, ageless smile. If you let him in, you probably consider him your coolest uncle, the one with the best stories – in his case, stories about a high school principal who connects with his student via roller skate antics. bespoke, or a parachute tailor who turns his talent to mass-producing COVID filter masks, or a rustic arm wrestler who crushes the competition while armed with the wristless arms of a cartoon sailor.
He’s television journalist Maury Glover, proud son of civil rights activists, proud scion of the North Star State, and the all-round, versatile mastermind behind “Maury’s Stories,” human interest segments featured locally on Fox. 9 News, segments that revel in the elemental power of storytelling. Now Maury Glover is telling the story he rarely reveals in public…
“I don’t want to hide who I am,” he proclaims. “I want to be seen. I want to show people that gay people are people too, and that we can do all kinds of jobs and all kinds of things. So there you have it, folks: Maury Glover is officially out and proud, and you heard it here first.
Okay, well, maybe not here first, since Maury Glover has been shamelessly Maury Glover since the start of his career. “It was in the early 90s, and one thing I decided early on was that I was going to be open and who I am,” Glover says. “If people have a problem with it, then it’s on them, it’s not on me.”
It is this sanguine but inflexible pride that serves as the theme of Maury’s own story. Going back to his salad days, Glover recalls that TV reporting was a job he didn’t seek until he found. “I fell into it,” reports the journalist. A college summer job as a gofer for a local TV channel turned into an internship that turned into a real mission, focused on exposing redlining, a discriminatory practice that puts services – typically bank loans and insurance – beyond the reach of residents of certain areas based on race or ethnicity. In this case, the area in question was the Camden neighborhood of Minneapolis.
“There was a real estate agent who was driving white buyers away from that neighborhood and black buyers,” Glover recalled. “The community complained about it, but they had no way to prove it.” Led by the station’s investigation unit, Glover and an associate approached the real estate agent while posing as affluent African Americans, even as two other associates posed as less-educated white buyers and low income, both caught and stabbed recorded via hidden camera.
This successful venture proved to be a wake-up call for Glover. He said: “Being part of that story was like, ‘Oh, interesting how the power of the media can help you uncover racism or discrimination.’ So once I did that, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool. I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. So they offered me a job after I graduated from college.
There was, alas, no small distance between his current station and young Maury Glover – a crushing tenure as an overnight producer was followed by years and years of crime reporting… a grind that was tempered somewhat by occasional “lighter strokes”. These caught the attention of various producers around Fox 9 Studios. “They were like, ‘Hey, when are you going to have your own segment?'” Glover recalled. “I would say, ‘Well, ‘Maury’s Stories’ is coming. We used to joke about it.
The universe, apparently, found no humor in these exchanges. “A few years ago, my news director was just like, ‘Hey, what are you looking for? What do you want, career-wise?'” Glover says. well, I wish I could do longer stories where I don’t just tell stories every day, but I get to have fun and be creative, and she said, “We could l ‘call “The Maury Stories,” and I said, “We don’t have to, but we can.”
In this way, Glover’s namesake segment was born. “I love that the name came organically,” he notes. “At first it was a joke, then it was real. It’s fun…and cool. Just like the stories themselves.
Meanwhile, Glover’s life away from the lights and the camera and the action had been just as active. “When I came out, I thought I was giving up the white picket fence, the spouse, and the American dream, so to speak,” he admits. The universe still had other plans for the gay black kid from Mill City. He was introduced by mutual friends to her future husband, Tom Leuer. Dating led to love, and love led to an engagement that has been going on for almost three decades (and counting), an engagement that was formalized relatively recently.
“We ended up getting married about five, six years ago,” Glover says, his opaque voice punctuated by the tension of the reminder. “A piece of paper doesn’t ultimately define your relationship – neither of us was going anywhere – but, to be honest, it brought an extra layer of satisfaction, security.”
Part of this relational security owes its existence to a shared nose to the grindstone. “[My husband] works for Macy’s — he’s in charge of their food division, so he’s got a pretty busy job,” Glover notes. “We have opposite schedules: he works during the day, and I work at night, so we don’t really see each other during the week. I always say, “My husband is a very patient man.”
This patience grants its own quiet rewards… in its time. “On the weekends, we hunker down and be normal and boring and sit on the couch and watch Netflix,” Glover reveals with a shameless laugh. “This is our sanctuary. It’s time for us to go out, get to know each other, relax before we have to go back into the world on Monday.
Return to the world… where stories – the old and the new, the poignant and the funny, the quirky and the weirdest – await their teller. “I take pride in what I do,” says Glover. “I love doing this in my hometown. I was born and raised here. I’m a Minnesotan through and through. I’m just happy to be here, to be part of the community, to tell the stories people. I think it’s an honor and I look forward to doing it for as long as possible.