HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps is an initiative of the Center for African Studies at Howard University.  It aims to provide student journalists and political scientists attending HBCUs with professional development exposure and experience beneficial to pursue a career as an international correspondent or political commentator.  The HBCU-ACC will also work to broaden and deepen networks between HBCU students and their counterparts in Africa and the global African Diaspora.      

Reporters

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Leah Clark

Leah Clark is the Chief Staff Writer at The Xavier Herald, the student newspaper of Xavier University of Louisiana. She has an interest in covering inequality on an international scale. This past summer, she covered the aftermath of the Buffalo mass shooting and spent time reporting on refugees from the Ukrainian War who resettled in the United States.

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Aviwe DuBois

Aviwe DuBois is a Staff Writer at The Xavier Herald, the student newspaper of Xavier University of Louisiana. She has covered issues impacting communities of color, including projects on civil rights stories for PBS Frontline. A Mass Communication major and African American and African Diaspora Studies minor, she has traveled to West Africa and Egypt.

Kyra Edwards
Kyra Edwards

Kyra Edwards is a writer at The UVI Voice 2.0, the student newspaper of the University of the Virgin Islands. She has an interest in covering Caribbean affairs. An accounting major, she is a member of the UVI Association of Black Journalists and co-founder and director of a non-profit organization. 

Tahera Hamidi
Tahera Hamidi

Tahera Hamidi is a Foreign Correspondent for the Hampton Script, the student newspaper of Hampton University. She aspires to become an investigative journalist when she completes her studies. A journalism major, she is a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, and Freddye T. Davy Honors College.

DaQuan Lawrence
DaQuan Lawrence

DaQuan Lawrence is a News and Politics reporter at The Hilltop, the student newspaper of Howard University. He has an interest in covering international affairs and global politics related to the African diaspora, foreign policy, and human rights issues. This past fall, he regularly reported on national and international events.

Gimel Pinto
Gimel Pinto

Gimel Pinto is a writer at The UVI Voice 2.0, the student newspaper of the University of the Virgin Islands. She is interested in obtaining and analyzing important material pertinent to the public interest. A communications major, she is a member of the Association of Black Journalists.

Jason Ponterotto
Jason Ponterotto

Jason Ponterotto is a News & Politics Staff Writer at The Hilltop, the student newspaper of Howard University. He is an inaugural recipient of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Scholarship/Internship. He has reported as an intern for Trice Edney News Wire, NBC/CNBC, and the National Urban League.

Jah’I Selassie
Jah’I Selassie

Jah’I Selassie is the National Correspondent at The Spokesman, the student newspaper of Morgan State University. She has an interest in covering national affairs. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she is a 4.0 student, and a multiple Dean’s List recipient.

Lillian Stephens
Lillian Stephens

Lillian Stephens is the Foreign Correspondent at The Spokesman, the student newspaper of Morgan State University. She has a vested interest in national and international affairs, and covered state and local news during the 2022 elections. A strategic communication major, she previously attended Pratt Institute, Santa Ana College, and the Defense Information School.

Counterparts

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Lesedi Mnisi

(South Africa)

Lesedi Mnisi is the Content Editor of Die Matie, the independent student newspaper of Stellenbosch University. She is an undergraduate law student interested in justice, democracy and language. Lesedi is also a presenter for MFM 92.6, Stellenbosch University's local radio station.

Aurelia Mouton
Aurelia Mouton

(South Africa)

Aurelia Mouton is the Editor-in-Chief of Die Matie, the independent student newspaper of Stellenbosch University. She is a final year Humanities student majoring in Political Science, History and English Studies. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative or political news journalism. She is also involved in Stellenbosch University's Centre for Social Justice, as a social media assistant.

Advisors

Maynard Eaton
Maynard Eaton

Maynard Eaton is an Endowed Professor of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. A multi-award-winning journalist with a career spanning five decades, he is in the vanguard of America’s first Black news reporters on prime time television. 

Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a well-known foreign policy commentator, he served as a Subcommittee Chair on the Biden Defense Working Group during the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Mentors

Tyler Bridges
Reporter
The Times-Picayune 

Sara Kirkpatrick
News Reporter
Virgin Islands Daily News

Min Seok Lee 
Washington Correspondent
The Chosun Ilbo 

Tony McAuley
Reporter
The Times-Picayune

Kentaro Nakajima
Washington Correspondent
Yomiuri Shimbun

Mallory Noe-Payne
Reporter
RADIO IQ

Mike Smith
Reporter
The Times-Picayune

Events

Professional Development Roundtable with Channels Television Correspondent

February 21, 2023 | 19:00-20:00 pm EST

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps will be discussing what is expected of a foreign correspondent with Maria Byrd, the Washington Correspondent for Channels Television (Nigeria). 

This event is open to the corps members only.

 

Professional Development Roundtable with Atlanta Journal-Constitution Correspondent

January 24, 2023 | 17:00-18:00 pm EST

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps will be discussing the current state of national news coverage with Tia Mitchell, the Washington Correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

This event is open to the corps members only.

 

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Interview

December 15, 2022 | 15:30-16:00 pm EST

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps will be interviewing Foreign Service Minister Counselor Ervin Massinga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, at the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

This event is open to the corps members only.

 

Pre-Summit Roundtable on the U.S. Strategy Towards Sub-Saharan Africa

December 9, 2022 | 14:30-15:30 pm EST

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps will be hosting a discussion with Ebenezer Obadare, Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This conversation, on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, will focus on the U.S. strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa under the Biden Administration.

This event is open to the corps members only.

 

Contact

Ania Ueno
Communications and Digital Media Specialist
Center for African Studies, Howard University
ania.ueno@howard.edu