BA Journalism and Public Relations, California State University, Los Angeles; MA Journalism and EdD Higher Education Administration, University of Southern California. He is Emeritus Professor of Communication, Culture and Media Studies at Howard University. Dr. Wilson came to Howard as Associate Dean for Administration in the School of Communications, a position he held for five years before serving five years as chair of the Journalism Department. He has authored or co-authored seven books including Racism, Sexism and the Media: Multicultural Issues Into the New Communications Age (2012) and Whither the Black Press: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future (2013). His scholarship has earned him recognition as a University of Missouri Honor Medalist for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications honored him with its Lionel Barrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education and The Society of Professional Journalists cited him with its Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism Research. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly listed Dr. Wilson’s book, A History of the Black Press, as one of the 35 “most significant books of the 20th century”.
I have a longstanding interest in issues relating to the rights of African Americans and other disfranchised groups to obtain fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of communications media including ownership, employment and image portrayal. My activism in these areas dates from the 1980s when I served as a director of the National Black Media Coalition in addressing such issues before the FCC along with David Honig, now director of the MMTC, and others. The work of the Howard Media Group continues to progressively serve the ends toward which I have worked for four decades.