THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION PRESENT
Wendi C. Thomas: "Pursuing Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream of Justice Through Journalism"
in Celebration of Black History MonthWith generous support from the NEH/Frederic M. Ayres Fund
Monday, Feburary 17, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Johnson Room | BCR Credit
Wendi C. Thomas is the editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom in Memphis focused on poverty, power and public policy. As part of ProPublica’s 2019 Local Reporting Network, her investigation into a nonprofit hospital that sued thousands of patients led to the hospital erasing at least $11.9 million in debt for more than 5,300 defendants. She is also part of ProPublica’s 2020 Local Reporting Network. Previously she was metro columnist and assistant managing editor at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. She’s also worked for The Charlotte Observer, The (Nashville) Tennessean and The Indianapolis Star. Thomas was a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
In 2019, Thomas received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Best Practices award. In 2018, she was named Journalist of the Year by Journalism and Women Symposium. She was inducted into the Scripps Hall of Fame for commentary in 2008. She’s a proud product of the Memphis City Schools and a 1993 graduate of Butler University.