Dorothy Butler Gilliam

Dorothy Butler Gilliam | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Dorothy Butler Gilliam | PepTalk Expert Speaker
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Learn about the importance of diversity in newsrooms and journalism education with Dorothy Butler Gilliam, speaker, journalism advocate.
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Dorothy Butler Gilliam | Speaker Biography

Dorothy Butler Gilliam is a highly accomplished journalist with over six decades of experience. She began her career in the black press, working in various cities before becoming the first black woman reporter for The Washington Post in 1961. She later became an editor and columnist for the paper, retiring in 2003. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to promoting diversity in newsrooms and nurturing journalists of color.

Gilliam is a co-founder, former chair, and current board member of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE), which has trained numerous people of color in traditional and multimedia journalism. She has also taught in MIJE's summer training programs and mentored many journalists. Additionally, she has served as the president of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Unity Journalists of Color, playing a key role in organizing the groundbreaking Unity Convention in 1994.

In recent years, Gilliam has focused on creating opportunities for underserved urban high school students to pursue careers in media. She founded the Young Journalists Development Program during her time at The Washington Post, and later became the founder-director of the Prime Movers Media program at George Washington University. Through this program, professional journalists and interns from George Washington and Temple Universities were sent to high schools to assist students in creating or revitalizing school media. The program still operates in Philadelphia city schools.

Gilliam is a well-known public speaker and has addressed groups of all sizes. She has been featured in several documentaries, including "Freedom's Call" and "Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media". She has also appeared on television shows such as BET-Television and Panorama. Gilliam is the author of several books, including "Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalists Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America" and "Paul Robeson: All American".

In addition to her professional achievements, Gilliam is a member of various organizations and has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to journalism. She is a steward emerita of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has been recognized by the Columbia Journalism School, the Washington Press Club Foundation, and the Washington, D.C., and Lincoln University Hall of Fame, among others.

Gilliam is available for speaking engagements, often with her daughter Leah Gilliam. For inquiries about availability and speaker fees, please contact her speaking agent at PepTalk.

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