Carol Jenkins is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who is most widely known as the former co-anchor of WNBC-TV’s 6 p.m. newscast, a position she held for 23 years. She helped found and was president of the Women’s Media Center.
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is the vice president of public affairs and government relations at The Nielsen Company, one of the country’s biggest market research and media ratings organizations.
Chris Broussard is an ESPN sports analyst who mainly covers the NBA. He started his career as a sportswriter for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. He eventually went on to cover the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks for the New York Times before joining ESPN Magazine in 2004.
Deanna Sutton is the founder of Clutch Magazine. Since it’s online launch, Clutch has experienced exponential growth and has become one of the leading websites for multicultural women ages 18 to 34.
Mr. Franklin is a Seventh Day Adventist preacher and vice president of production at Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. DeVon Franklin uses his experiences in both roles to produce faith-based films, like The Pursuit of Happyness and Jumping the Broom.
Desiree Rogers was the White House social secretary during President Barack Obama’s first eighteen months in office. After a quick exit from the White House, Rogers quickly bounced back and is now the CEO of Johnson Publishing, overseeing Ebony and Jet magazines.
Yvette Miley is the vice president and executive editor of MSNBC. Since 2009, Miley has overseen the editorial content of MSNBC daytime programming. She’s one of a few black females in an executive role for a national cable news channel.
Janet used to be Charles. Born and raised Charles Mock, Mock bucked societal norms early on and eventually had gender reassignment surgery. She is making history by revealing her story in response to the recent teen suicides. Janet has challenged the stigma surrounding gender identity.
Melissa Harris-Perry is a political science professor, public speaker, author and columnist with a focus on race, gender and politics. Harris-Perry is getting her own weekend show on MSNBC.
CNN news anchor T.J. Holmes shocked the world when he announced last year that he was resigning from his position and moving to BET. Holmes sees it as an opportunity to reach out and report on stories that directly affect the African-American community.
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These 10 black Americans have taken the media world by storm and ushered in diversity by making sure to tell the stories of African-Americans These among many other reasons, are why they are part this year’s The Grio’s 100.