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I'm the director of fellowships for The 19th News where I run the groundbreaking Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Fellowships for HBCU alums.  

My career has been a series of pivots that has helped me build a unique and diverse skillset. I was previously a senior manager of digital content and digital analyst for Cox's TV group, executive producer of social media at WFTV (ABC) Channel 9 in Orlando, Fla., and vice president of media and communications for former Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce.

They say once a journalist, always a journalist, and if you ask, I'll tell you my heart bleeds ink. I'm an award-winning former staff writer at The Daytona Beach News-Journal where I covered everything from business and youth affairs to local government. My articles have been published in The New York Times, Forbes,, Vox, Huffington Post, MSNBC's Today Books, Orlando Sentinel, SHE and Caribbean Beat magazines. I've also edited a few of New York Times bestseller Croce's books on piracy.

I'm a proud HBCU grad, with a bachelor's degree in public relations and advertising from Bethune-Cookman University, where I've also taught as an adjunct professor of communication graphics. I hold a master's degree in mass communications with a focus on social persuasion and technology from the University of Central Florida.

I live in Atlanta, Ga., with my two kids and a dozen antique typewriters.

Bio: About Me
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