HAMPTON, Va.- Former top NBC Executive, Paula Williams Madison, was featured at the Caldwell Café event in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6 pm.
Madison contributed to the “Women in Power” series hosted by the Caldwell Café. Madison began her career as a print journalist and then became a television news manager. Working her way up the corporate ladder, she became a news director and eventually the president and general manager of the NBC affiliated KNBC station in Los Angeles, the 2nd largest NBC station in the country. Madison was the first African-American woman to become a general manager of a top five network-owned television station. She was also the first person to hold the position of Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Vice President of Diversity at NBC Universal.
Throughout her career Madison has promoted fair inclusion and representation of minorities in media. As a seasoned journalist and media contributor, Madison has received awards such as the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 1998, as well as the First Amendment Service Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation in 2000.
Madison is a partner in the family-owned Williams Group Holdings LLC, which has significant investments in media (The Africa Channel), at one time even owning the sports franchise (the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks), and various real estate, consumer, financial and trading businesses. In addition to being named chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Sparks, she also became a member of the WNBA Board of Governors (data derived via The History Makers).
In 2005, Madison was also named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and was included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100.”
One of the most exciting things Madison is currently working on includes tracing her family's roots back three-thousand years. A documentary as well as a book, currently in its second printing, about the journey have been developed. The book's title "Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem" describes Madison and her three brothers' childhoods while being raised in Harlem, and the journey that took them on an adventure to China in search of Samuel Lowe, her long lost grandfather.
The Caldwell Cafe series is named after Earl Caldwell, a nationally renowned journalist, who is a writer-in-residence with the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The series was designed as a vehicle for Caldwell to expose students to media and journalism professionals.
The Caldwell Cafe event is free and open to the public. For more information about Paula Williams Madison please visit: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/paula-madison
For more information about Caldwell Cafe please call the SHSJC: (757) 727-5405.
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