African American Journalists

African-American journalists

  • Aaron Freeman
    Aaron Freeman is an American journalist, stand-up comedian, author, cartoonist, and blogger.
  • Adam Clayton Powell III
    Adam Clayton Powell III is an American journalist, media executive, and scholar who currently serves as Director of Washington Policy Initiatives for the University of Southern California and University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
  • Adaora Udoji Adaora Udoji
    Adaora Udoji is a media executive, producer and investor whose work focuses on video content and immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. She is also adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
  • Adrian Walker
    Adrian Walker is an African-American metro columnist for The Boston Globe. His column appears in the Metro section of the Globe on Mondays and Fridays.
  • A'Lelia Bundles A'Lelia Bundles
    A'Lelia Bundles is an African-American journalist.
  • Alexander Clark
    Alexander G. Clark was an African-American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Liberia in 1891, where he died in office. Born free in Washington, Pennsylvania, he moved at the age of 13 to live with an uncle in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Alice Allison Dunnigan Alice Allison Dunnigan
    Alice Allison Dunnigan was an African-American journalist, civil rights activist and author. Dunnigan was the first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, and the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries.
  • Alice Dunbar Nelson Alice Dunbar Nelson
    Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Alison Stewart Alison Stewart
    Alison Stewart is a journalist and author. Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a political correspondent for MTV News in the 1990s.
  • Allissa Richardson Allissa Richardson
    Allissa Richardson is an American journalist and college professor. She is best known as a proponent of mobile journalism and citizen journalism. Richardson has trained students in the United States and Africa to report news using only smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.
  • Almena Lomax
    Hallie Almena Lomax was an African American journalist and civil rights activist.
  • Al Sanders
    Al Sanders, was an American, award winning, television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He helped take a third place television newscast to first place, where it stayed throughout his career.
  • Amy DuBois Barnett
    Amy DuBois Barnett is an American magazine editor. She was formerly editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine. Barnett was also the editor-in-chief of Honey and Teen People magazines, and the deputy editor of Harper's Bazaar.
  • Andrew W. Cooper
    Andrew W. Cooper was an African-American activist during the Civil Rights Movement, businessman, and journalist. He was the publisher and editor-in-chief of The City Sun.
  • Angela Black
    Angela Black is a television news anchor and reporter, known primarily for her work for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California and for being one of the earliest prominent African-American newscasters in Los Angeles television history.
  • Angelina Weld Grimké Angelina Weld Grimké
    Angelina Weld Grimké was an American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. She was one of the first women of colour/interracial women to have a play publicly performed.
  • Anita Woodley
    Anita Woodley is a journalist, actress, playwright, literary teaching artist, mixed-media artist, poet, producer, and free jazz vocalist. She grew up in Oakland, California, in housing provided by the Oakland Housing Authority.
  • A. Peter Bailey
    A. Peter Bailey is an American journalist, author, and lecturer. He was an associate of Malcolm X's and a member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
  • April Ryan April Ryan
    April Danielle Ryan is an American journalist and author. Since 1997, she has served as a White House correspondent and is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. She is among the best known of the White House press corps. In 2017, she joined CNN as a political analyst.
  • Archibald Grimké Archibald Grimké
    Archibald Henry Grimké was an American lawyer, intellectual, journalist, diplomat and community leader in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Armond White Armond White
    Armond Allen White is an American film and music critic known for his provocative and idiosyncratic film criticism. He currently writes for National Review and Out.
  • Askia Muhammad
    Askia Muhammad is a poet, journalist, radio producer, commentator, and photojournalist.
  • Audie Cornish
    Audie N. Cornish is an American journalist and a current co-host of NPR's All Things Considered.
  • Barbara Becnel
    Barbara Cottman Becnel is an American author, journalist, and film producer. She was a close friend and advocate for Crips co-founder Stanley Williams, and editor of Williams's series of children's books, which spoke out against gang violence. Williams was executed in 2005.
  • Belva Davis Belva Davis
    Belva Davis is an American television and radio journalist. She is the first African-American woman to become a television reporter on the U.S. West Coast. She has won eight Emmy Awards and been recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television and National Association of Black Journalists.
  • Benjamin F. Lee
    Benjamin F. Lee was a religious leader and educator in the United States. He was the president of Wilberforce University from 1876 to 1884. He was editor of the Christian Recorder from 1884 to 1892.
  • Benjamin Holman
    Benjamin F. Holman was a pioneering American newspaper and television reporter.
  • Bernard Shaw (journalist) Bernard Shaw (journalist)
    Bernard Shaw is a retired American journalist and former lead news presenter for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001.
  • Bill Whitaker (journalist)
    Bill Whitaker is an American television journalist who reports for the CBS Evening News.
  • Bob Herbert
    Robert "Bob" Herbert is an American journalist, an op-ed columnist who wrote for The New York Times. His column was syndicated to other newspapers around the country. Herbert frequently writes on poverty, the Iraq war, racism and American political apathy towards racism.
  • Bryan Monroe Bryan Monroe
    Bryan Monroe is an award-winning journalist, educator and entrepreneur. He was the editor of, where he was responsible of the digital side of CNN's political coverage.
  • Bryant Gumbel Bryant Gumbel
    Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster, best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg Gumbel.
  • Bukola Oriola
    Bukola Oriola is a Nigerian-American journalist. She lives in Anoka County, Minnesota, and has a son named Samuel Jacobs. She spent six years as a journalist covering education in Nigeria while still living in that country.
  • Byron Pitts
    Byron Pitts is an American journalist and author working for ABC News. Until 2013, he served as a chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He has covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq.
  • Byron Saxton Byron Saxton
    Bryan Jesus Kelly is an American professional wrestling color commentator, ring announcer, journalist, and semi-retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he works as a color commentator on SmackDown and pay-per-views under the ring name Byron Saxton.
  • Callie Crossley Callie Crossley
    Callie Crossley is an American broadcast journalist and radio presenter in the Boston area.
  • Capital Press Club
    The Capital Press Club was founded in 1944 as an African-American alternative to the US National Press Club, which did not then accept black members.
  • Cari Champion Cari Champion
    Cari Champion is an American broadcast journalist and television personality. She has worked as an anchor and reporter for the Tennis Channel and as the host of ESPN2's First Take. In July 2015, Champion became an anchor for ESPN's flagship program SportsCenter.
  • Carl Rowan Carl Rowan
    Carl Thomas Rowan was an American government official, journalist and author.
  • Carole Simpson
    Carole Simpson is an American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author.
  • Carolyn Craven
    Carolyn Craven was an American journalist. She was known for her reporting for KQED-TV in San Francisco, and for speaking publicly about being the victim of a serial rapist.
  • Celeste Headlee
    Celeste Headlee is the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program "On Second Thought."
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an American journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service.
  • Charles E. Cobb Jr.
    Charles E. "Charlie" Cobb Jr. is a journalist, professor, and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Along with several veterans of SNCC, Cobb established and operated the African-American bookstore Drum and Spear in Washington, D.C. from 1968 to 1974.
  • Charles M. Blow
    Charles McRay Blow is an American liberal journalist, commentator, and current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
  • Charles Payne (journalist)
    Charles V. Payne is a Fox Business Network contributor and host of Fox's Making Money with Charles Payne. He was formerly co-host of Varney & Co. He joined the network at its launch in October 2007.
  • Charles Pugh
    Charles Pugh is an American former television journalist, radio personality, and politician from Detroit, Michigan. For ten years, he served as the weekend anchor at WJBK in Detroit.
  • Charlie LeDuff Charlie LeDuff
    Charles "Charlie" Royal LeDuff was born on April 1, 1966. He is an American journalist, writer, and media personality. Previously employed by The Detroit News, he left in October 2010 after two years and joined Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK Channel 2 to do on-air journalism.
  • Chauncey Bailey
    Chauncey Wendell Bailey Jr. was an American journalist noted for his work primarily on issues of the African American community. He served as editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post in Oakland, California from June 2007 until his murder.
  • C. H. J. Taylor
    Charles Henry James Taylor, usually styled C.H.J. Taylor, was an African American journalist, editor, lawyer, orator, and political organizer. An early supporter of Democratic Grover Cleveland, he was appointed Minister to Liberia in Cleveland's first presidential term.
  • Christine Devine Christine Devine
    Christine Devine is a U.S. television news anchor based in Los Angeles. She can be seen weeknights on KTTV's Fox 11 News. She's won 16 Emmys including the prestigious Governors Award. Six Emmys were for Best Newscast.
  • Christopher Payne Christopher Payne
    Christopher Harrison Payne was a prominent African-American religious, educational and political leader of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Despite being born in the American South during the time of slavery, Payne rose to a level of prominence achieved by few, regardless of race.
  • Chuck Lampkin
    Chuck Lampkin was an American jazz-percussionist and TV-news anchorman.
  • CJ Pearson
    Coreco "CJ" Pearson is an American political activist and commentator, and freelance journalist. He has made appearances on television and on YouTube, with his publications seen in a variety of online news sources.
  • Clarence Page
    Clarence Page is an American journalist, syndicated columnist, and senior member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board.
  • Clay Cane
    Clay Cane is a journalist, author, television personality and filmmaker. He is the director and creator of the documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, which was nominated for a 2016 GLAAD Media Award.
  • Craig Melvin Craig Melvin
    Craig Delano Melvin is an American journalist and news anchor, working for NBC News and MSNBC as an anchor and NBC News correspondent. He currently anchors MSNBC Live on weekdays, and is co-anchor of Today Saturday edition.
  • Cynthia Tucker Cynthia Tucker
    Cynthia Tucker Haynes, is an American journalist whose weekly column is syndicated by Universal Uclick. She received a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007 for her work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she served as editorial page editor. She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 and 2006.
  • Daisy Bates (activist)
    Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957.
  • Damon Young (writer)
    Damon Young is an "author" and "editor". Young is editor-in-chief of the website VSB. Young is also a contributing editor and columnist for Ebony.
  • Danyelle Sargent
    Danyelle Sargent-Musselman is an American sports television reporter.
  • Danyel Smith Danyel Smith
    Danyel Smith is an American magazine editor and journalist. Smith is a 2014 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She is also writing a history of African-American women in pop music.
  • Daphne Valerius
    Daphne Valerius is a filmmaker born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Rhode Island. She is best known for producing the 2007 documentary film The Souls of Black Girls. Valerius has also produced television work for ABC, FOX and BET.
  • Dari Alexander
    Dari Alexander is the co-anchor of WNYW's FOX 5 News at 5 and 10pm with Steven Lacy. She is a Former Fox News Correspondent.
  • David Abner Jr.
    David Abner Jr. was an educator in Texas. He was the first president of Guadalupe College and then of Conroe College.
  • David Ruggles David Ruggles
    David Ruggles was an African-American abolitionist in Manhattan, New York who resisted slavery by his participation in a Committee of Vigilance and the Underground Railroad to aid fugitive slaves reach free states.
  • David Swerdlick
    David Swerdlick is an American journalist who works for the Washington Post.
  • Dean Baquet
    Dean P. Baquet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist. He has been the executive editor of The New York Times since May 14, 2014, reporting directly to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., the chairman and publisher.
  • Deborah Roberts Deborah Roberts
    Deborah Ann Roberts is an American television journalist for the ABC News division of the ABC broadcast television network.
  • Delaina Dixon
    Delaina Dixon is an entertainment journalist and television host. She is a co-host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table and the editor-in-chief of the entertainment and lifestyle website
  • DeMarco Morgan
    DeMarco Morgan is an American news reporter and anchor.
  • Diann Burns
    Diann Burns is an American former television news anchor; a nine-time Emmy Award-winner. She is best known for her years as prime-time anchor in Chicago, the second largest market, weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
  • Dina Eastwood Dina Eastwood
    Dina Eastwood is an American reporter and TV news anchor. She is the ex-wife of actor/director Clint Eastwood.
  • Don Lemon Don Lemon
    Don Lemon is an American news anchor and journalist. He is based in New York City and currently hosts CNN Tonight.
  • Donna Britt (writer) Donna Britt (writer)
    Donna Marie Britt is an American author and former syndicated newspaper columnist, reporter and critic. Her first book, Brothers: A Memoir of Loving and Giving was published in 2011 by Little, Brown and Company.
  • Dori J. Maynard Dori J. Maynard
    Dori J. Maynard was the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, California, the oldest organization dedicated to helping the nation's news media accurately and fairly portray all segments of "our" society.
  • Doris E. Saunders
    Doris E. Saunders was an American librarian, author, editor, businesswoman, and professor of Journalism. She started her career as Johnson Publishing Company librarian and then became head of the Johnson Publishing Company Books Division.
  • Doris Jean Austin
    Doris Jean Austin was an American author and journalist.
  • Dorothy Butler Gilliam
    Dorothy Butler Gilliam is an American journalist who was the first African-American female reporter at The Washington Post.
  • dream hampton dream hampton
    Dream hampton is an American cultural critic and filmmaker.
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an American author and media critic.
  • Eboni Williams
    Eboni K. Williams is an American attorney and television host. She co-hosts a talk show on WABC Radio in New York City and was a co-host of Fox News Channel's 2017 show Fox News Specialists.
  • Ed Bradley Ed Bradley
    Edward Rudolph "Ed" Bradley, Jr. was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes.
  • Ed Gordon (journalist) Ed Gordon (journalist)
    Edward Lansing "Ed" Gordon III is an American journalist and host of the BET program Weekly with Ed Gordon. He hosted BET Tonight with Ed Gordon from 2001-2002.
  • Edie Huggins
    Edie Huggins was an American television reporter, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Edward Hart Lipscombe
    Edward Hart Lipscomb was an educator and religious leader in North Carolina in the late 19th century. He was a professor at Shaw University and a co-founder of the journal, the African Expositor.
  • Edward M. Brawley
    Edward M. Brawley was an educator and minister in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was the first African American to attend Bucknell University.
  • Edward Wyckoff Williams
    Edward Wyckoff Williams is an American television producer, correspondent, columnist, political analyst and former investment banker; who has appeared on Al Jazeera, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, CBS, BBC and national syndicated radio.
  • Eli Reed
    Ellis Reed is an American photographer and photojournalist. Reed was the first full-time black photographer employed by Magnum Agency and the author of several books, including Black In America. Several of the photographs from that project have been recognized in juried shows and exhibitions.
  • Elizabeth Stumm
    Elizabeth Stumm better known by her pen name Mrs. C. C. Stumm was an African-American teacher and journalist. As her husband was involved in missionary service, the couple moved often, but Stumm was able to work as a writer and teacher.
  • Elle Duncan
    Lauren "Elle" Duncan is a sports anchor for ESPN. Duncan began her career in Atlanta as an intern with the 2 live Stews, an American syndicated sports talk radio show on 790/The Zone. After a year, she was hired by Atlanta host, Ryan Cameron, to join the Ryan Cameron Show on V-103.
  • Era Bell Thompson
    Era Bell Thompson was a graduate of the University of North Dakota and an editor of Ebony magazine. She was also a recipient of the governor of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. A multicultural center at UND is named after her.
  • Erica Kennedy
    Erica Kennedy was an American author, blogger, news correspondent, fashion journalist, and singer. Her 2004 novel Bling, became a New York Times bestseller.
  • Erin Aubry Kaplan
    Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist born in 1962 who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992.
  • E. R. Shipp
    Etheleen Renee "E. R." Shipp is an American journalist and columnist. As a columnist for the New York Daily News, she was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "her penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues."
  • Ethel L. Payne
    Ethel L. Payne was an African-American journalist. Known as the "First Lady of the Black Press", she was a columnist, lecturer, and freelance writer.
  • Eugene Robinson (journalist) Eugene Robinson (journalist)
    Eugene Harold Robinson is a liberal American newspaper columnist and an associate editor of The Washington Post. His columns are syndicated to 262 newspapers by The Washington Post Writers Group. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 and currently serves as chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
  • Eunice W. Johnson
    Eunice Walker Johnson was the wife of publisher John H. Johnson and an executive at Johnson Publishing Company.
  • Evelyn Cunningham
    Evelyn Cunningham was an American journalist and aide to Nelson Rockefeller. Cunningham covered the early civil rights movement and was a reporter and editor for the Pittsburgh Courier. She and the paper's staff were awarded the George Polk Award in 1998 for their coverage.
  • Farai Chideya Farai Chideya
    Farai Chideya is an American novelist, multimedia journalist, and radio host. She produced and hosted Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya, a series of radio specials on politics for 15 years.
  • Felicia Mason
    Felicia Mason is an African-American novelist and journalist born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States. She is best known for writing in the romance genre. Her novel Rhapsody was adapted into a television movie in 2000.
  • Felipe Luciano
    Felipe Luciano is an American poet, community activist, journalist, media personality, and politician. He is of Afro-Puerto Rican heritage.
  • Femi Oke Femi Oke
    Femi Oke is a British television presenter and journalist.
  • Ferdinand Lee Barnett (Chicago)
    Ferdinand Lee Barnett was an American journalist, lawyer, and civil rights activist in Chicago, Illinois in the late Reconstruction era and after. He was a founding editor of the Chicago Conservator monthly in 1878.
  • Flo Anthony
    Florence "Flo" Anthony is a gossip columnist, syndicated radio host, TV contributor and author. Flo is an African-American reporter who writes for the gossip page of the Philadelphia Sun.
  • Florida Ruffin Ridley
    Florida Ruffin Ridley was an African-American civil rights activist, suffragist, teacher, writer, and editor from Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Frank E. Bolden
    Franklin Eugene Bolden, Jr., a Pennsylvania native, was a journalist best known for his work as a war correspondent during World War II when he was one of only two accredited African American war correspondents.
  • Frankie Crocker
    Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker was an American, New York radio DJ.
  • Frank Melton Frank Melton
    Frank Ervin Melton was the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, United States, from 4 July 2005 until his death on 7 May 2009.
  • Frank Ski Frank Ski
    Frank Rodriguez, professionally known as Frank Ski, is an American DJ, journalist, philanthropist, radio personality and public forums host. He also was a house music artist who recorded as Doo Doo Brown in the 1990s.
  • Fredricka Whitfield
    Fredricka Whitfield is an American news anchor for CNN. She hosts the weekend daytime edition of CNN Newsroom. She is the daughter of Olympian Mal Whitfield and has a younger half-brother named Edward Whitfield Wright.
  • Gene Demby
    Gene Demby is lead blogger on NPR's race, ethnicity and culture team Code Switch and cohost of the podcast by the same title. He's also the founder of the blog PostBourgie and its accompanying podcast.
  • George F. Franklin
    George F. Franklin was a journalist and civic leader in Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. He owned and published two African-American newspapers, The Enterprise in Omaha and The Star in Denver.
  • George McElroy (journalist)
    George Albert McElroy was a prominent pioneering African-American journalist. Among many "firsts" achieved by McElroy, he became the first African American to earn a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
  • George Schuyler George Schuyler
    George Samuel Schuyler was an African-American author, journalist, and social commentator known for his conservativism after he had supported socialism.
  • George W. Forbes
    George W. Forbes was an American journalist who advocated for African-American civil rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Germany Kent
    Germany Kent is an American print and television journalist, former beauty queen, author, actress, businesswoman, model, producer, activist and philanthropist.
  • Gertrude Bustill Mossell Gertrude Bustill Mossell
    Gertrude Emily Hicks Bustill Mossell was an African-American author, journalist and teacher.
  • Gina Gaston
    Gina Gaston is a television journalist and currently the lead female anchor for KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas.
  • Goldie Taylor
    Goldie Taylor is an American author and opinion writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an editor-at-large of The Daily Beast.
  • Gregory Kane (journalist)
    Gregory Phillip Kane was an American journalist and political and social commentator.
  • Greg Tate Greg Tate
    Greg Tate is an African-American writer, musician, and producer. The focus of his writing has been African-American music and culture. He is a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition and the leader of Burnt Sugar.
  • Gwen Ifill Gwen Ifill
    Gwendolyn L. "Gwen" Ifill was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author. In 1999, she became the first African American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program with Washington Week in Review.
  • Hal Jackson
    Harold Baron "Hal" Jackson was an American disc jockey and radio personality who broke a number of color barriers in American radio broadcasting.
  • Harold Jackson (American journalist)
    Harold Jackson is an American journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, he was editor of the editorial page of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was formerly an editorial writer at The Baltimore Sun and The Birmingham News.
  • Harrison N. Bouey
    Harrison N. Bouey was a minister in South Carolina, Alabama, and Missouri and a missionary in Liberia. He was noted as a leader in efforts to help Africans emigrate to Africa at the end of reconstruction in the 1870s.
  • Harry McAlpin
    Harry S. McAlpin was the first African-American reporter to attend a U.S. Presidential news conference in 1944.
  • Hazel Garland
    Hazel B. Garland was a journalist, columnist and newspaper editor. She was the first African American woman to serve as editor-in-chief of a nationally circulated newspaper chain. Born into a farming family, she was the eldest of sixteen children.
  • Henry Lee Moon
    Henry Lee Moon was an American journalist, author and civil rights activist.
  • Henry O. Wagoner
    Henry O Wagoner was an abolitionist and civil rights activist in Chicago and Denver. In the 1830s, as a free black man in Maryland, he worked on a farm and worked to free slaves with a loose group of individuals that is known as the Underground Railroad.
  • Herb Boyd
    Herb Boyd is an American journalist, educator, author, and activist. His articles appear regularly in the New York Amsterdam News. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.
  • Hoda Kotb Hoda Kotb
    Hoda Kotb is an American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of NBC's Today Shows fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. An Egyptian American, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of the Today Show team. Kotb is also a correspondent for Dateline NBC.
  • Howard W. French Howard W. French
    Howard Waring French is an American journalist, author, and photographer, as well as professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to re-entering academia, he was a longtime foreign correspondent and senior writer with The New York Times.
  • Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells
    Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Imhotep Gary Byrd
    Imhotep Gary Byrd is a New York City-based radio talk show host and executive producer, radio DJ, poet, songwriter, music recording artist and producer, rapper, writer and community advocate/activist. Byrd began his career as a radio DJ in Buffalo at age 15.
  • Irvine Garland Penn
    Irvine Garland Penn was an educator, journalist, and lay leader in the Methodist Episcopal church in the United States.
  • Jabari Asim
    Jabari Asim is an author, poet, playwright, associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and since August 2007, has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine, a journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and...
  • Jackie Ormes Jackie Ormes
    Jackie Ormes is known as the first African American woman cartoonist and created the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger panel.
  • Jacque Reid Jacque Reid
    Jacqueline Elaine "Jacque" Reid is an American television and radio personality and journalist. She was the lead news anchor of The BET Nightly News from 2001-2005. Reid is currently one of the co-hosts of the NBC New York affiliate show called "New York Live."
  • Jamal Simmons Jamal Simmons
    Jamal Simmons is a political analyst and television commentator seen on MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News and CNN. Simmons graduated from Detroit's Cass Technical High School, with a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of...
  • James J. Spelman
    James J. Spelman was a journalist and politician in New York and Mississippi. His early career was as a journalist and a stage performer and manager in New York City.
  • Jamie Foster Brown
    Jamie Foster Brown is the owner and publisher of Sister 2 Sister magazine, which was launched in September 1988. Newsweek called it the "African-American version of People magazine."
  • Jamilah Lemieux Jamilah Lemieux
    Jamilah Lemieux is an African-American columnist, cultural critic, and editor based in New York City. In 2016, she became the vice president of news and men's programming for Interactive One, part of Radio One, Inc.
  • Janet Cooke
    Janet Leslie Cooke is a former American journalist. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for an article written for The Washington Post, but the story was later discovered to have been fabricated.
  • Jason Carroll
    Jason Frederick Carroll is an American journalist who is a national correspondent for CNN, a cable-news television channel.
  • Jason Riley (journalist)
    Jason L. Riley is an American journalist, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. He is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and frequently appears at the Journal Editorial Report, other Fox News programs and occasionally on C-SPAN.
  • Jawn Murray Jawn Murray
    Jawn Murray is a Washington, DC-based American entertainment journalist and pop culture expert who works in television, radio and digital media. Ebony magazine named him as one of the "30 on the Rise" to watch in the industry, and the NAACP recognized him as one of "40 Power Players Under 40."
  • J. Dallas Bowser
    James Dallas Bowser was a journalist and educator in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the principal of Lincoln School there from 1868-1879 and later the principal of Attucks School.
  • Jeff Pegues
    Jeffrey Pegues is a CBS News correspondent and author based in Washington, D.C., where he reports for all CBS News platforms. His book, Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America, explores the longstanding rift between local law enforcement and people of color.
  • Jemele Hill
    Jemele Juanita Hill is an American sports journalist who is a co-host of ESPN's flagship SportsCenter. She previously wrote a column for's Page 2 and formerly hosted ESPN's His and Hers. In June 2013, she succeeded Jalen Rose on ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie.
  • J. E. Mitchell
    J. E. Mitchell was an African-American publisher known for his newspaper, the St. Louis Argus.
  • Jennie Carter
    Jennie Carter was an American journalist and essayist who wrote for the California African-American newspaper The Elevator from her home in Nevada County, California during the Reconstruction Era. She used the pen name Anna J. Trask and later Semper Fidelis.
  • Jesse Freeman Boulden
    Jesse Freeman Boulden was a Baptist pastor and politician in Chicago and Mississippi. He founded a number of churches, including Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago. He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives during the Reconstruction Era.
  • Jesse Max Barber
    Jesse Max Barber was an African-American journalist, teacher and dentist.
  • Jim Vance
    James Howard "Jim" Vance III was an American television news anchor in Washington, D.C.
  • Joanne Grant
    Joanne Grant was an African-American journalist and Communist activist. She was a reporter for the National Guardian, where she covered the American Civil Rights Movement in the American South in the 1960s.
  • Joe Johns
    Joseph Eduardo "Joe" Johns is an American Senior Washington Correspondent for CNN, based in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He was promoted to the position in 2014. He previously worked as an NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent for TODAY and other NBC programs.
  • John A. Arneaux
    John A. Arneaux was a Shakespearean actor and journalist in New York City and in Paris, France. From 1884 to 1886 he was editor and owner of the New York Enterprise which had the largest circulation of any African American newspaper in the country at that time.
  • John Brown Russwurm John Brown Russwurm
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  • John C. Dancy
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  • John H. Davis (publisher)
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  • John H. Johnson John H. Johnson
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  • John L. Thompson
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  • John M. Brown
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  • John Q. Jordan
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  • Jonathan Capehart
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  • Joseph Endom Jones
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  • Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin
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  • Joyce Angela Jellison
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  • Juan Williams Juan Williams
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  • Kam Williams
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  • Keith Richburg Keith Richburg
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  • Kevin Merida Kevin Merida
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  • Kevin Powell
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  • Kojo Nnamdi Kojo Nnamdi
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  • LeAlan Jones LeAlan Jones
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  • Lee Hawkins (journalist)
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  • Lem Tucker
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  • Leonard Pitts Leonard Pitts
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  • Lerone Bennett Jr.
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  • LeRoy Whitfield
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  • Leslie Sykes
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  • Les Payne Les Payne
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  • Lester Holt Lester Holt
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  • Lester Strong
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  • Lewis Ossie Swingler
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  • Lillian A. Lewis
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  • Lillian Thomas Fox
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  • Lisa Salters Lisa Salters
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  • Liz Walker (journalist)
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  • Lola Ogunnaike
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  • Louise Meriwether
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  • Louis Lautier
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  • Louis Lomax Louis Lomax
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  • Lurma Rackley
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  • Lynne Duke
    Lynne Duke was a prestigious journalist and author.
  • Malcolm Poindexter
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  • Malcom Glenn
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  • Mal Johnson
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  • Mara Schiavocampo Mara Schiavocampo
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  • Marc Lamont Hill Marc Lamont Hill
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  • Maria W. Stewart
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  • Mark Lloyd Mark Lloyd
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  • Mark Riley (American radio host) Mark Riley (American radio host)
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  • Marshall W. Taylor (minister)
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  • Marvel Cooke Marvel Cooke
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  • Max Robinson Max Robinson
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  • Melba Pattillo Beals
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  • Melissa Harris-Perry Melissa Harris-Perry
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  • Mel Showers
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  • Melvin Claxton
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  • Michaela Pereira
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  • Michele Norris Michele Norris
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  • Michelle Miller
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  • Mona Kosar Abdi
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  • Moneta Sleet Jr.
    Moneta J. Sleet Jr. won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Dr. King's funeral. Sleet is the first African-American man to win the Pulitzer, and the first African American to win award for journalism.
  • Moneta Sleet, Jr. Moneta Sleet, Jr.
    Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Dr. King's funeral. Sleet is the first African-American man to win the Pulitzer, and the first African American to win award for journalism.
  • Monroe Alpheus Majors
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  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Mumia Abu-Jamal
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  • Myrlie Evers-Williams Myrlie Evers-Williams
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  • Nancy Hicks Maynard Nancy Hicks Maynard
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  • National Association of Black Journalists National Association of Black Journalists
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  • Nicholas Franklin Roberts
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  • Nicole L. Franklin
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  • Nikole Hannah-Jones
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  • Norman Robinson (television news reporter)
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  • Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
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  • Ollie Stewart
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  • Ophelia Clenlans
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  • Orrin C. Evans
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  • Pam Oliver Pam Oliver
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  • Peter Thorne (reporter)
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  • Philippa Schuyler Philippa Schuyler
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  • Phillip Alexander Bell
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  • P.L. Prattis
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  • Raquel Cepeda Raquel Cepeda
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  • Rebecca Stiles Taylor
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  • Rehema Ellis
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  • Rembert Browne
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  • Reynelda Muse
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  • Richard DeBaptiste
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  • Richelle Carey
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  • Robert A. George
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  • Robert A. Sengstacke
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  • Robert C. Maynard
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  • Robert E. Pierre
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  • Robert Pelham Jr.
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  • Robert W. Bogle
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  • Robin Givhan Robin Givhan
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  • Robin N. Hamilton
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  • Robin Roberts (newscaster) Robin Roberts (newscaster)
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  • Robin Robinson
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  • Roi Ottley
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  • Roland Martin (journalist) Roland Martin (journalist)
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  • Roscoe Dunjee
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  • Roscoe Simmons
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  • Roy Wilkins Roy Wilkins
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  • Ruby Dee Ruby Dee
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  • Rufus L. Perry
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  • Russ Mitchell Russ Mitchell
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  • Sacha Jenkins
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  • Sade Baderinwa
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  • Sage Steele Sage Steele
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  • Samuel Cornish
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  • Samuel R. Lowery
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  • Sara Sidner Sara Sidner
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  • Shani O. Hilton
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  • Sharon Dahlonega Bush
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  • Sharon Epperson
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  • Sharon Weston Broome
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  • Sheinelle Jones
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  • Simeon Booker
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  • Soledad O'Brien Soledad O'Brien
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  • Star Parker Star Parker
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  • Stella Foster
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  • Stephanie Elam
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  • Stephen Henderson (journalist)
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  • Steve Pickett
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  • Susan L. Taylor Susan L. Taylor
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  • Suzanne Malveaux Suzanne Malveaux
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  • Sylvia Coleman
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  • Tamron Hall
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  • Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley
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  • Taylor Terrell
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  • Ted Poston
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  • Thomas C. Fleming
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  • Tony Cox (journalist)
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  • Tony Harris (journalist)
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  • Troy Roberts (journalist)
    Troy Roberts is an American television news reporter and correspondent for 48 Hours Mystery.
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    Trymaine D. Lee is an American journalist. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Hurricane Katrina as part of a team at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.
  • Valerie Boyd Valerie Boyd
    Valerie Boyd, is a widely published journalist, author, and cultural critic, best known for the critically acclaimed biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.
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    Valerie Wilson Wesley is an African-American author of mysteries, adult-theme novels, and children's books, and a former executive editor of Essence magazine. She is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series.
  • Vanessa Echols
    Vanessa Lorraine Echols is a television journalist and is the morning and noon news anchor at WFTV in Orlando, Florida and the morning news anchor at WRDQ in Orlando.
  • Vaughn Harper
    Vaughn Harper was an American broadcast announcer and DJ.
  • Vicki Mabrey
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  • Victor Blackwell
    Victor Blackwell is an American television news anchor, best known for presenting New Day Saturday and New Day Sunday on CNN, based in its world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Victor B. Walker
    Victor B. Walker was a soldier, political activist, lawyer, civil rights activist, police officer, saloon owner, journalist, and gangster in the Old West, particularly Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
  • Vince Sanders
    Vince Sanders is a veteran of the broadcast industry having spent nearly 40 years on the job. He has written two books, both titles dedicated to his years behind the microphone or on the stage as an actor: Can't Get HERE from THERE and That's Not Funny!.
  • Wallace Terry Wallace Terry
    Wallace Houston Terry, II was an African-American journalist and oral historian, best known for his book about black soldiers in Vietnam, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War, which served as a basis for the 1995 crime thriller Dead Presidents.
  • Walter Francis White Walter Francis White
    Walter Francis White was an African-American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for almost a quarter of a century, 1931–1955, after starting with the organization as an investigator in 1918.
  • W. Beverly Carter Jr.
    William Beverly Carter Jr. served three American presidents as U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and Liberia and became the first African American named Ambassador-at-Large.
  • Wesley Morris
    Wesley Morris is an American journalist and critic-at-large for The New York Times. Previously, Morris wrote for The Boston Globe, then Grantland. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work with The Globe.
  • Wil Haygood
    Wil Haygood is an American journalist and author who is known for his 2008 Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served By This Election", about Eugene Allen, which served as the basis for the 2013 movie The Butler.
  • William Cooper Nell William Cooper Nell
    William Cooper Nell was an African-American abolitionist, journalist, publisher, author, and civil servant of Boston, Massachusetts, who worked for integration of schools and public facilities in the state.
  • William Gardner Smith
    William Gardner Smith was an American journalist, novelist, and editor. Smith is linked to the black social protest novel tradition of the 1940s and the 1950s, a movement that became synonymous with writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Willard Motley, and Ann Petry.
  • William Hannibal Thomas
    William Hannibal Thomas was an American teacher, journalist, judge, writer and legislator.
  • William Henry Steward
    William Henry Steward was a civil rights activist from Louisville, Kentucky. In February 1876, he was appointed the first black letter carrier in Kentucky.
  • William J. Simmons (teacher)
    William J. Simmons was an ex-slave who became Simmons College of Kentucky's second president and for whom the school eventually was named. Simmons greatly developed Howard University's teacher training programs when he took over the school. In addition, he was a writer, journalist, and educator.
  • William J. Thompkins
    William J. Thompkins was a physician and health administrator in Kansas City, Missouri and served as Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia from 1934 to his death. He first received national notice when he challenged Jim Crow Laws in Oklahoma in Federal Courts in the early 1910s.
  • William J. White (journalist)
    William Jefferson White was a civil rights leader, minister, educator, and journalist in Augusta, Georgia. He was the founder of Harmony Baptist Church in Augusta in 1869 as well as other churches. He also was a co-founder of the Augusta Institute in 1867, which would become Morehouse College.
  • William Raspberry William Raspberry
    William Raspberry was a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated American public affairs columnist. He was also the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. An African American, he frequently wrote on racial issues.
  • William Sidney Pittman William Sidney Pittman
    William Sidney Pittman was an African-American architect who designed several notable buildings, such as the Zion Baptist Church and the nearby Deanwood Chess House in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, DC. He was the son-in-law of Booker T. Washington.
  • William Worthy
    William Worthy, Jr. was an African-American journalist, civil rights activist, and dissident who pressed his right to travel regardless of U.S. State Department regulations.
  • Xernona Clayton
    Xernona Clayton Brady is an American civil rights leader and broadcasting executive.
  • Zahra Burton
    Zahra Burton is a Jamaican journalist and former Miss Jamaica Universe 2001 winner.

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