Community Journalism Fellows from Canopy's West End, Forest Park and Bankhead/Grove Park Cohorts
BIO | KAMILLE D. WHITTAKER
Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist and Managing Editor of Atlanta magazine.
In 2020, she co-founded Canopy Atlanta, an award-winning, community-led digital publication and journalism training nonprofit. As head of education, she directs Canopy's Fellowship program alongside Canopy staff and in collaboration with Atlanta's journalism community.
She also teaches writing to undergraduate and graduate students in Mercer University's Academic Resource Center Online Writing Lab.
Creatively, she muses at Jump At The Suns—a culture and foodways narrative space; and is researching Perhaps, To Bloom, a storytelling project documenting the swelling contemporary Caribbean presence in Atlanta and the South.
Previously, she served first as Staff Writer (2007-2009) and then Associate Editor (2009-2019) for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Atlanta Daily World (2017-2019).
Her tenure in journalism is rooted in the Black Press. She began as an Editorial Intern in 2002 for Black Voice News newspaper in her hometown of Riverside, California.
Immediately following, she 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.
In 2005, she began serving the internationally circulated and curated culture, history and politics journal Liberator Magazine as Contributor, Associate Editor and then Co-Editor.
She is a 2021 graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication's MFA program in Narrative Nonfiction, and is a 2005 Political Science and Journalism graduate of the (former) John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University.
She happily mothers two daughters—Kamani-Dale and Kennedi-Rae—and is grandmother to a delightful Mini-Rex Bunny, Kesi-Alani.