"Minorities in the Media: New Directions?"
Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 3:33pm
Please join us Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Lee Thornton, Richard Eaton Chair in Broadcast Journalism and Interim Provost for Equity and Diversity, University of Maryland College Park, offer a talk, “Minorities in the Media: New Directions?”
Thornton, former Howard University Journalism professor, senior producer at CNN and CBS News White House correspondent, earned her Ph.D. in radio, television and film studies from Northwestern University. She joined the College Park faculty in 1997. In 2008, she became the first female to serve as Interim Dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. In 2010, the school announced her appointment as Interim Associate Provost. She is known nationally as an advocate for minorities in journalism and higher education.
At Howard, she moderated Channel 32’s program, Pro and Con. In 1991, CNN named her as senior producer of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, the station’s first effort to reach out to minorities. In addition to being the first black female to be regularly assigned to the White House beat, Thornton served with distinction as the first African-American host of NPR’s popular show, All Things Considered. Her achievements at the College Park campus include the creation of the long-running programs Front & Center: Journalists on Journalism and Changing Media, which won TELLY Awards, the premier award for outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs.