Channing Joseph

Journalist, Author, Historian

Curriculum Vitae  |  Selected Clips
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Curriculum Vitae  |  Selected Clips
TV Appearances  |  Recent News

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Channing Joseph is an award-winning journalist whose byline has appeared around the globe. As a reporter, his work has taken him from the southern tip of Africa to the mountains of rural Japan, and throughout his career, he has been the first to break news on a number of major stories, including Wikileaks’ 2007 publication of secret military documents from the war in Afghanistan.

Mr. Joseph’s articles (selections of which are hyperlinked here) have been published by The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Sun, Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, MTV News, U.S. News & World Report, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, BET, CNN, and many others.

As a news editor, he has also shaped the work of two dozen Pulitzer winners. He has served as editor-in-chief of SF Weekly as well as a staff editor and writer at The New York Times and Associated Press. While at The Times, he edited projects that led to the release of several wrongfully convicted prisoners and helped earn the paper two Polk Awards and a Pulitzer.

In 2016, he was awarded a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, and he has earned financial support for his independent journalism from the Ford Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. In 2017, he was a Nieman Foundation finalist.

His recent work focuses on LGBTQ history and culture. His forthcoming book, House of Swann, is the untold story of William Dorsey Swann — a former slave who became the world’s first self-described “drag queen” and the leader of the first queer liberation organization.

Mr. Joseph now teaches multimedia journalism at the University of Southern California and has previously taught at Oberlin College and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He also regularly guest-lectures at other institutions, including the University of California–Berkeley, the Academy of Art University, Oberlin College, Northwestern State University, Drew University, and Oakland’s African-American Museum and Library.

The topics of his latest talks have reflected his wide-ranging expertise in journalism and journalism education; narrative nonfiction; African-American history, literature, and genealogy; early LGBTQ history; diversity, inclusion, and access in education and the workplace; and other topics. He is represented by Alia Hanna Habib at the Gernert Literary Agency and by Michelle Weiner at the Creative Artists Agency.

He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia Journalism School. In his spare time, he enjoys sci-fi movies, roller coasters, acrobatics, and Afro-futurist art.

He can be reached at channinj [AT] usc [DOT] edu.

 

 


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