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

BIO | KAMILLE D. WHITTAKER is a collaborative journalist and editor with more than a decade of experience researching, reporting and managing the editorial operations and production of print and digital brands all along the independent, community, academic, non-profit and corporate media spectrum. 

She is currently one of the co-founders of Canopy Atlanta, a non-profit digital publication and community journalism training program.

 

In 2017, after a decade of serving as Staff Writer (2007-2009) and then Associate Editor (2009-August 2019) for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, Whittaker 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. Her 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.


Whittaker’s tenure in journalism is rooted in the Black Press. She began as an Editorial Intern in 2002 for Black Voice News newspaper in California’s Inland Empire. Immediately following, Whittaker 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, Whittaker 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.

 

She began serving the internationally circulated and curated culture, history and politics journal Liberator Magazine as Contributor, Associate Editor and then Co-Editor in 2005, 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 which regularly garnered 500,000 unique visitors and robust community engagement; and capping her 10-year tenure helping to spearhead its book publishing operation and facilitate the writing- and research-intensive Africana Study Abroad Alliance for high school students.

To coincide with journalism instruction 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, Whittaker began to formalize the beginnings of a curricular outline that extends pre-existing research on the traditional Black Press into the African Diaspora at large and the Caribbean in particular by using Africana Studies methodologies to link the field of Journalism to an Africana intellectual genealogy as a foundation for present and future practice and as a pedagogical tool for students and practitioners.

 

To date, Whittaker’s students and interns have gone on to become award-winning journalists, educators, anthropologists, public policy officials, media practitioners and New York Times-lauded authors; her editorial teams have received industry reporting and feature writing recognition; and her 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 will be at the core of The Journalism School, a journalism collaborative designed to convene students and practitioners and thin the margins between newsrooms and classrooms; and Jump At The Suns -- a creative travel, culture and foodways narrative space that chronicles the ways that family and community inspire mindful movement in the world.

In March of 2018, Whittaker 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. She serves on the Governance Committee as Chair.

 

Whittaker is currently an MFA candidate in The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a 2005 Political Science and Journalism graduate of the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University.

 

She happily mothers two teenage daughters -- Kamani-Dale and Kennedi-Rae -- in metro Atlanta. 

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