The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum Featuring Washington Post's Sharif Durhams | WisCommunity

Sharif Durhams, a deputy managing editor at The Washington Post, will present "Diversity as a Journalism Value," during the 2022 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As a deputy managing editor at The Washington Post, Sharif oversees the general assignment news desk, the Morning Mix team and the live desk, and works with the Foreign desk to ensure a seamless 24/7 workflow between hubs in London and Seoul. He rejoined The Post in 2022 after serving as managing editor of North Carolina's News & Observer and Herald-Sun since January 2021, where he launched a plan to increase the staff and served as interim editor from July to September. Before leaving for Raleigh, Sharif was the night homepage editor for much of 2020 after a three-year run as a senior editor for programming at CNN and an earlier stint at The Post as homepage editor from 2015 to 2017. His pre-Post career included overseeing social media and digital strategy at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he also spent three years on its breaking news hub as a general assignment reporter; covering state government and serving as a GA reporter at the Charlotte Observer; and, in his first stint at the Journal Sentinel, covering higher education. Sharif made history by becoming the first African American editor of the Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied journalism and political science. Sharif has long been an advocate of improving diversity and representation in newsrooms. He is a member of NLGJA: the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, which he has led as an elected national board president since 2018, and of the National Association of Black Journalists. His work as an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute has focused on diversity in digital media, where he was co-leader of the Poynter-Washington Post Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media in 2019. His awards include the 2019 NABJ LGBTQ Task Force Visibility Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Network Website in 2018 and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Breaking News in 2008. The Ann Devroy Memorial Fund supports the forum and a student fellowship dedicated to the memory of Ann Devroy, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and respected journalist often described as one of the best reporters ever to cover the White House. It brings journalists of national prominence to UW-Eau Claire. Devroy Forum speakers often spend time on campus and in classrooms before delivering an address that is free and open to the public. The 2022 forum will be held in-person with an option to attend virtually.

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Apr 28 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center