George White

UCLA Center for Communication and Community, Assistant Director

Education and Training:

Journalism B.A. Michigan State University
History B.A. Michigan State University
African History M.A. Michigan State University

George White has been a consultant for newspapers, producers of television and radio programming and foundations involved in projects designed to improve journalism.

He has provided consulting services to the Ford Foundation's Media, Arts and Culture unit, producing reports on community engagement projects operated by more than 100 newspapers and local TV news broadcasters. In addition, he has reported extensively on economic development issues - developing books and studies for the Ford Foundation's Economic Development Unit and other institutions.

Previously, White was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 11 years. In 1992, he was a member of a team of Los Angeles Times journalists that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Los Angeles riots. The Los Angeles Press Club honored his riot coverage with an "Outstanding Dedication" citation in 1992. White was also a member of the 1994 Los Angeles Times team awarded a Pulitzer for reporting on the Northridge earthquake.

In addition, White's reports on apparel sweatshops - including a 1995 exclusive on sweatshop slavery in El Monte, Ca. - prompted reforms in the nation's garment and retail industries.

From 1992-1994, White was chairman of the Unity Media Access Project, a Ford Foundation-sponsored media education program for communities in Southern California. The project was co-sponsored by the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, the California Chicano News Media Association and the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. As chairman, he supervised other volunteer journalists and a paid staff.

In 1993,White received a "Unity Award" from the National Association of Black Journalists for developing and managing community outreach and media education programs for the public. He has served as president of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California and is currently one of the organization's two vice presidents.

White has also served on the diversity committee and the international news committee of American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was co-chair of Los Angeles Times' Committee on Diversity from 1992-1994.

White received a B.A. in journalism and history and a M.A. in African history from Michigan State University.

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