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Charles Whitaker

Board Member


Charles Whitaker is a Professor and Dean at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing and Communications, at Northwestern University.

Dean Whitaker has taught at Medill since 1992. Before joining the Medill faculty, he was a senior editor at Ebony magazine where he covered a wide range of International, cultural, social and political issues, including the two U.S. presidential campaigns of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the election of South African President Nelson Mandela, the installation of the first black members of the British Parliament, and living conditions in the impoverished favelas of Brazil.

Whitaker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medill. Following his graduation, he became a staff writer for The Miami Herald then moved on to become an enterprise feature writer and deputy features editor for The Louisville Times. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Chicago Parent magazine, and Folio, the magazine of the magazine industry.

Whitaker serves on multiple community and journalism-related boards, including The Center for Public Integrity, The Carnegie-Knight Association of Deans, and the American Society of Magazine Editors. He is a judge for the National Magazine Awards and serves as an adviser on issues of diversity and inclusion for the Magazine Publishers of America. He has authored four statistical analyses examining the hiring of women and minorities in the magazine industry and is the co-author of a textbook on magazine writing and another on the cultural influence of magazines in the 20th century.

Currently, Whitaker is a candidate for a Ph.D. in human development and social policy in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy.