Sheila Solomon is a native of Newport News, Virginia, and a graduate of Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Virginia. She’s worked at newspapers in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.; Long Island, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. Solomon’s also worked as an adjunct journalism professor, served on numerous boards and been a frequent speaker at journalism workshops and conferences.
The first African-American member of the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors, she is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. She is the Ivy Leaf (magazine) reporter for Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Society, Association of Women Journalists, the Journalism and Women Symposium and the advisory committees of The News Literacy Project, Visions Blu and The Chicago Reporter.
In 2014, she was honored by NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism with the Ida B. Wells Award; 2013 the Peggy Lewis LeCompte Communication and Journalism Award (Central Region, AKA Sorority Inc.) and in 2012, inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism Hall of Fame at Hampton University.
Solomon is an editor/producer and internship coordinator at Rivet News Radio and a part-time recruiter for content media company LocalLabs LLC.
Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.