I have been the journalism professional in residence in the Diederich College of Communication at my alma mater, Marquette University, in Milwaukee since January 2010. I focus on teaching students best practices to present reports and stories across multiple platforms – including print, broadcast, online, mobile, social media, etc. I enjoy technology and am devoted to helping students create "hire me" digital portfolios and to master what future employers want them to know.
In July 2013, I assumed the additional role of director of the Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette. Much of my time now involves providing administrative, programmatic and curricular support for the program, which each year brings stellar journalists to campus and matches them with graduate and undergraduate students seeking experiential learning.
I earned a Master of Arts degree in communication with a specialization in digital storytelling in May 2014 – after having also earned a graduate certificate in digital storytelling in 2012 – at Marquette.
A native of Camden, N.J., I enjoyed a notable journalism career at several newspapers – including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday – from 1985 to 2007, followed by a two-year stint as communications director at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) in Washington.
I served eight years as an executive board member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the nation's oldest and largest organization for journalists of color, including two years as president (2003 to 2005). Membership increased 43 percent to a record 4,700 during my term and the focus expanded from the annual convention to year-round activities. Ebony magazine cited me as among the “100+ Most Influential Black Americans” in 2004 and 2005.
While at the foundation, I edited the 160-page commemorative book, "Continuing the Legacy: A Salute to the Congressional Black Caucus of the 110th Congress." From 2009 to 2010, I served as senior writer and editor for the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's final report to Congress, and in 2007, with my wife, Mira Lowe – former editor in chief of JET and now senior features editor at CNN Digital – presented "Heart and Soul: A Marriage of Love, Faith and Journalism" as the World Journalism Institute's Samuel E. Cornish Memorial Lecture.
The Marquette University Alumni Association named me its Diederich College's Communicator of the Year in 2009. I received the college's dean's recognition award for outstanding service (2011) and faculty advising (2012). I am the faculty adviser to NABJ student chapter on campus and an editorial board member of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. In June 2012, I served as an instructor at the college's annual two-week Urban Journalism Workshop for high school students.
Pursuing opportunities to tell stories about organizations, communities and people collectively and singularly via my communications agency, Aim High Media. It specializes in writing, editing and design for print and multimedia projects; Web design and management; personal and corporate branding; social media; digital asset management; strategic planning, etc.