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Multimedia Journalism

E. R. Shipp

E. R. Shipp

Associate Professor, Multimedia Journalism

Office: Communication Center 333
Phone: 443-885-3503


JD - Columbia University
MS - Journalism; Columbia University
MA - History; Columbia University
BA - Journalism; Georgia State University

Professor E.R. Shipp is a journalist-scholar with advanced degrees from Columbia University - as well as from life, which has been no crystal stair. She is a founding faculty member of the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, where she currently directs the school's new Baltimore Reporting Project.

She is a 1996 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, considered one of the most prestigious awards in American journalism. She was the first black woman to receive the Pulitzer in the category of commentary.

Her career in journalism has taken her to The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post. She currently pens a biweekly column for The Baltimore Sun and is a frequent commentator on public radio. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Association of Opinion Journalists, the Organization of News Ombudsmen, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and The Open Church of Maryland.

Though born in Conyers, Ga., when it was still rural and televisions, telephones, indoor plumbing and paved roads were luxuries, she considers home to be the village of Harlem in New York City. She is a foodie and a dedicated genealogist. She is also a lifelong learner who loves jazz, train travel, Scrabble, TV, public radio, movies, and the New York Yankees. Prof. Shipp resides in Baltimore with two cats, Frank Sinatra and Lola Falana.

Research Interests:

black media, erasure to whitewash history, life navigated by blacks in Southern communities amid the great exodus of millions of their kinsmen to points north and west, and genealogy

Teaching Interests:

interviewing, black media, opinion writing, community-based journalism, legal affairs reporting