Sam Fulwood III is dean of American University’s School of Communication. He is also a journalist, public policy analyst and author, whose work addresses key issues of media influences on American life. Fulwood was a metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he was a senior fellow and vice president for race and equity programming and the former director and founder of American Progress’ Leadership Institute, a program to assist with the advancement of people of color in public policy.
During the 1990s, he was a national correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. He has also worked as a business editor and state political editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as an assistant city editor, business reporter, editorial writer, and Johannesburg, South Africa, bureau correspondent for the Baltimore Sun; and as a police, business, and sports reporter at The Charlotte Observer. He is the author of two books: Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004). Fulwood earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.