St. George's, Grenada, W.I.

BIO | KAMILLE D. WHITTAKER

 

I'm currently an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher. 

In 2020, I became one of the co-founders of Canopy Atlanta, a community-led digital publication and journalism training project. As head of education, I direct Canopy's Fellowship program alongside staff and in collaboration with Atlanta's journalism community.

 

Before that I served as Staff Writer (2007-2009) and then Associate Editor (2009-2019) for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. In 2017, I joined Real Times Media, the parent company of a portfolio of newspaper, magazine and digital media operations, which included the Atlanta Daily World, The Chicago Defender, The Michigan Chronicle, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine titles. My expanded role included managing, alongside the senior editor, the editorial productions of RTM’s Atlanta brands, Atlanta Tribune and Atlanta Daily World; and the administration of their online and social media properties.


My tenure in journalism is rooted in the Black Press. I began as an Editorial Intern in 2002 for Black Voice News newspaper in my hometown of Riverside, California. Immediately following, I worked in the same capacity with the D.C.-based Heldref Publications (now Taylor & Francis), an academic publisher of 40 humanities and scientific journals and The Washington Post in conjunction with Newsweek magazine (formerly WPNI) for the Metro, Education and Health desks, before returning to the Black Press via the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). As a National Correspondent, I penned articles with an emphasis on politics and economics that were syndicated to a number of more than 200 member print newspapers and online affiliates nationwide including The Atlanta Voice, The Columbus Times, The Sacramento Bee, and the Jacksonville Free Press.

 

In 2005, I began serving the internationally circulated and curated culture, history and politics journal Liberator Magazine as Contributor, Associate Editor and then Co-Editor, working in partnership with the publisher/founding editor and a team of associate editors to manage all facets of the independent print/online publishing process, including launching and administering its award-winning online edition and capping my10-year tenure helping to spearhead its book publishing operation and facilitate the writing- and research-intensive Africana Study Abroad Alliance for high school students.

I continued journalism instruction and curriculum development via guest lectures in Clark Atlanta University’s Mass Media Arts department, the George A. Lottier Scholarship Internship Program, the Georgia TeenWork program, and metro Atlanta elementary and middle school writing and research workshops.

 

To date, my students and interns have gone on to become award-winning journalists, educators, anthropologists, public policy officials, media practitioners and New York Times-lauded authors; my editorial teams have received industry reporting and feature writing recognition; and my work has been cited in the Harvard Business Review, Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy and University of California Press; and consulted for The Guardian, among other scholarship and research.

 

The curriculum and research is at the core of The Journalism School, a journalism collaborative designed to convene students and practitioners and thin the margins between newsrooms and classrooms; Jump At The Suns -- a creative culture and foodways narrative space that chronicles the ways that family and community inspire mindful movement in the world and Perhaps, To Bloom, an audio storytelling project documenting the swelling Caribbean presence in Atlanta and the South.

In March of 2018, I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Inc. shortly after completing the United Way of Greater Atlanta's VIP non-profit board training program. I serve on the SCFG Inc. Governance Committee as Chair.

 

I am currently in the final year of candidacy in The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication's MFA program, and am a 2005 Political Science and Journalism graduate of the (former) John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University.

I happily mother two teenage daughters -- Kamani-Dale and Kennedi-Rae -- and am grandmother to a delightful Mini-Rex bunny, Kesi-Alani, in metro Atlanta. 

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