Alumni Bryan Monroe to Keynote COM Graduation

The Communication Department is honored to welcome Bryan Monroe (B.A. 1987) back to the University of Washington as this year’s Graduation Keynote Speaker.

Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein College). Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington editor, Opinion & Commentary, at CNN and editor of His work at that network included editorial planning and content strategy across all online platforms for CNN in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He also served as the assistant vice president of news at Knight Ridder Newspapers, where he helped lead journalists at the Biloxi Sun Herald to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Monroe was also vice president and editorial director at EBONY and JET magazines, where he led coverage of the 2008 presidential election, conducted the first post-election interview with President Barack Obama, and did the last interview with pop legend Michael Jackson before his death. Monroe was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

He was president of the National Association of Black Journalists from 2005 to 2007.