Bonnie Newman Davis is a journalist, media consultant and executive director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, a nonprofit organization that provides activities and programming focused on African-American media and culture.
A graduate of North Carolina A&T and The University of Michigan, Davis has more than 35 years of experience in print and digital journalism as a reporter, copy editor and editor. Davis also has served as a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, and as the Greensboro News & Record – Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A&T State University.
From 2004-2011, Davis was an associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Davis was the 2003 Visiting Professional in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Hampton University. From 1999-2002, Davis was director of university communications at Virginia Union University.
Prior to academia, Davis spent nearly 20 years with The Richmond-Times Dispatch (Va.) and Richmond News Leader (Va.). She also worked for newspapers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan, and for digital news media outlets based in New York and Dallas. Davis, a past editor of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journal, continues to write articles for various news and industry publications. Her clients include news organizations, nonprofit associations, higher education and cultural institutions.
In April 2011, Davis was named the Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. As a former board member and regional director for NABJ, Davis twice has founded Richmond chapters of the organization. Davis also serves on the advisory board for Bon Secours.
Davis’ daughter, Erin D. Stanley, a Washington, D.C. social worker, is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Chicago.
Bonnie Newman Davis