JENNIFER C. THOMAS is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. An award-winning broadcast journalist, her career spans more than 20 years in network and local news. Most recently, she was an Executive Producer for CNN Headline News, and news producer for CNN, where she continues as a freelance producer. She has been honored with recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her contribution as the 9am newscast producer during CNN’s September 11 Terror Attacks coverage, and Peabody Award recognition for her contribution to the network’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She also received national award recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Throughout her career, she has pioneered coverage of major events such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, Summer Olympic Games, and Presidential Inaugurations. Thomas is also founder of MediaReady Consulting LLC, a media training, event management, and communications consulting service. She has worked with political campaigns, executives, and celebrities with coaching and consulting, event management, and Public/Media Relations.
She served as producer for two 2016 live Presidential Election specials for PBS station WHUT-TV in Washington, DC, and was executive producer and faculty lead of the newly revised student-produced NewsVision Newscast on WHUT-TV, which had been on hiatus for more than 20 years. She also serves as advisor for the Howard University Association of Black Journalists, broadcast mentor for the National Association of Black Journalists Student Project, and past president of the Howard University Communications Alumni Association. Her graduates and students include Emmy Award nominees, NABJ national award winners, and Hearst Journalism Award winners and finalists (an equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize for undergraduates).
She holds a Master of Arts Degree with a concentration in Arts and Culture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University. A published author, her research interests include the dissection of current practices and pedagogies in journalism, the transition from professional to professor, and the complex facets of women, media and images. Her research has led her to conferences in the U.S. and Namibia, Africa. Her current research on the pageantry and politics of the women selected as “Miss Howard University” during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Negro Education, and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary. Inspired by her own experience being crowned “Miss Howard,” she began this study as a summer research fellow with the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
She is a board member of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, former board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, founding member of Cascade United Toastmasters, member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. An avid singer, she was a performer in the 2003 Atlanta Jazz Festival, using her middle name, “Camille.”