Wil LaVeist is an award-winning print, radio, TV and Internet veteran of a variety of major media companies. LaVeist helped to launch AZCentral.com, the website of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, the state’s largest daily newspaper, and was also a copy editor and reporter. He was the managing editor for the original BlackVoices.com (now Huffington Post Black Voices).
He was the first Black metro columnist at the Tribune’s Hampton Roads Daily Press where he was affectionately named “Wil.The.Beast,” by readers. His provocative commentaries also appeared in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Daily News. LaVeist was also Publisher/Editor of Mix Magazine, a multicultural print, online and television product of The Virginian-Pilot Media Co and the Director of Web Development for Ebony Magazine.
He has been a professor at institutions including Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and the School of Journalism at Columbia College, Chicago.
LaVeist has risen from a childhood in public housing in Brooklyn, NY to a professional journalist who has interviewed and written about many of the nation’s top newsmakers. He covered the historic 2008 election of President Barack Obama and was among the press in Denver’s Mile High Stadium when Mr. Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination.
LaVeist is an alumnus of The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Arizona Graduate School Of Journalism. Currently a doctoral candidate in Technology and Media Studies at Old Dominion University, LaVeist’s research interest is in how new media technologies can help scientists, academicians and specialists in fields such as health gain the rhetorical skills necessary to communicate directly and more effectively with the general public.
Through his company LaVeist Enterprises (LELLC), he is a consultant to science, tech and health organizations in the areas of media, marketing and internal/ external communications. LELLC also engages in tech startup ventures and multimedia publishing projects. LaVeist is available for speaking engagements.