Welcome to ChandraWrites.com. It is truly an honor to share what I fully embrace as my life’s work with the world. You see, I have been a journalist since 11th grade, ever since my mother and English teacher conspired to force me to join my high school’s newspaper staff. Fortunately, I was eventually won over by the promise of one day getting paid to write, talk to strangers and ask probing questions. My tenure as Editor-In-Chief of The Panther Tales would eventually lead to my notable honor of being named the first freshman to serve as a section editor for The Panther, the campus newspaper at my alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. The rest, as they say, is history.
Many moons later I am honored to call myself a proud multi-award-winning Black journalist, whose work has spanned many platforms: including magazines, newspapers, television, radio, digital media along with public relations, copy editing, marketing and even some speech writing. My award-winning journalism work has appeared with some of the nation’s premier media outlets, including NBCNews.com, Ebony, People, Essence, The Huffington Post,The Undefeated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Time, The Grio, The Root, Heart & Soul, Upscale,Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Denver Urban Spectrumand currently In These Times Magazine, to name a few. I have also been a contributor to “News & Notes” on NPR, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR affiliate.
Along with awards from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, Mental Health America and the Association for Women in Communications, I have also received "Journalist of the Year" honors from both the Atlanta Press Club and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. I am also proud to have completed several prestigious journalism fellowships, including the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, Kiplinger Public Affairs Journalism at the Ohio State University, Soros Justice Media and Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism programs. Most recently, I completed long-form journalism projects for the Education Writers Association and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
I am most proud, however, that an award-winning feature story that I penned for Atlanta Magazine made the top five of the Atlanta Press Club's “Atlanta’s Top 10 Favorite Stories of the Past 50 Years” list and is widely attributed with helping contribute to a change in Georgia law and a young man’s early release from a 10-year prison sentence. A passionate New Orleans native and longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, I take great pride in my successful track record of telling stories that are often overlooked and ignored by mainstream media, particularly as it relates to communities of color and other traditionally underserved communities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you’re seeking to hire an effective, experienced and well-rounded freelance/contract writer, storyteller and communications professional with a well-documented track record of success.