Mentor-Editor Deborah Douglas weighs in from Chicago

Deborah Douglas is an adjunct journalism lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, media consultant and on-air analyst. During two decades of practice, Douglas has been a newsroom leader, including writing a column for the Chicago Sun-Times and serving as a member of the paper’s editorial board. Douglas’ pieces have addressed a variety of political, social and entertainment phenomena. Her humorous, daring, culturally relevant essays have included a defense of Don Imus and Clarence Thomas, in addition to the politics of nappy hair, cheating husbands, reparations and the hypocrisy of anti-Muslim sentiment. Her boldness has led to many media appearances, including CNN. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Crisis magazine, Huffington Post, Time, Heart & Soul magazine andTheRoot.com. Douglas also served as Sun-Times’ deputy features editor, leading a large writing and design staff in producing and redesigning the paper’s most entertaining and profitable titles. A new-title development leader, Douglas is the founding editor-in-chief of Red Streak, a newspaper targeted to young, urban professionals. Douglas’ award-winning special projects have included The New Downtown (which was turned into a book) and The Baby Ceiling (which led to her appearance on “Oprah”). Douglas is a 2006 NABJ/Kaiser Family Foundation fellow: She traveled to Tanzania to study malaria, sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing health issue. In 2007, she traveled to Northeast England to study the U.K.’s history and cuisine. Her travels have also taken her to Senegal, Tunisia, Spain; London, England; and a variety of tropical islands that are all delightful in their own way. Here, she tells us why she’s an OpEd Project Mentor-Editor.

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