Secretary: Mira Lowe

Mira Lowe is Director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications. The INC is a working newsroom covering North Central Florida and staffed with over 100 student journalists guided by nine news professionals each semester. News is distributed on multiple broadcast and digital platforms, including WUFT-FM and WUFT-TV, the local NPR and PBS affiliates, and WUFT.org.

Prior to joining UF, Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital in Atlanta where she managed the planning, execution and programming of various special projects across a global portfolio. She previously led the Features team, overseeing the entertainment, lifestyle, tech, travel and health sections for domestic CNN.com and mobile.

Before that, Mira was the editor-in-chief of JET magazine in Chicago, where she became the first woman to helm the number one African-American newsweekly. She also served as assistant managing editor for its sister publication, EBONY magazine, while at Johnson Publishing Company. Her print experience extends to newspapers, including Newsday, where she worked as an editor and recruiter.

Over the years, she has taught classes and guest-lectured at Columbia University, her alma mater, York College, Loyola University, Northwestern University and Marquette University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Online News Association (ONA), and Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Mira is co-author of “Heart and Soul: A Marriage of Love, Faith and Journalism” monograph, published in 2007 by the World Journalism Institute, and an essayist for “Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama” (paperback edition, 2012).

Follow her on Twitter @miralowe or on LinkedIn.