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Caldwell Café Hosts Joel Dreyfuss of theRoot.com

In celebration of Black History Month, Caldwell Café will welcome Joel Dreyfuss of theRoot.com to Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Dreyfuss is the managing editor at the Root.

Joel Dreyfuss

With more than 35 years of Journalism and executive experience, Joel Dreyfuss is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He has served in leadership positions at Red Herring, Information Week, PC Magazine, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Markets, Fortune, USA Today and The Washington Post. Dreyfuss has also worked at KPIX in San Francisco, KQED’s Newsroom and WNET’s 51st State.

Dreyfuss is the co-author of The Bakke Case: The Politics of Inequality (1989). A native of Haiti, he grew up in Paris, Monrovia, Liberia and New York City. He earned a B.S. degree at the City College of the City University of New York and was also an Urban Journalism Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Aiming to raise black voices in mainstream media and engage all those interested in black culture, theRoot.com is a daily online magazine that provides “thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives.” Co-founded by editor-in-chief Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Root features a genealogical section to trace one’s ancestry through AfricanDNA.com.

The Caldwell Café series was created by HU Professor Earl Caldwell, a nationally renowned journalist, and Kelly Harvey. The series was designed as a vehicle for Caldwell to expose students to media and journalism professionals in a relaxed environment.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor W. Christopher Leonard at (757) 728-6754 or via e-mail at william.leonard@hamptonu.edu.