Whitney Gaspard is a media professional and freelance journalist with a focus on entertainment and music. Her journalism experience spans across various media platforms including on-air broadcast television, printed magazines, newspapers and digital magazines and blogs. Currently, she is the weekend photo editor for essence.com where she curates, edits and publishes images for the site as well as writes entertainment news briefs.
Whitney is also trampling new terrain in television ad-sales. She serves as a copy specialist in the Commercial Ops department for Nickelodeon responsible for maintaining more than 50 client accounts across the Kids & Family cluster that yield upwards of $1M in annual revenue.
Whitney believes in making a change. At 21, Whitney became the youngest elected executive board member of DuSable Heritage Association, an organization committed to promoting the legacy of the founder of Chicago, Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable through cultural and educational programming. In that position, Whitney erected the Young Haitians for DuSable group and chaired the organization’s scholarship committee. While in New York, Whitney has worked with the National Urban League Young Professionals, moderating two panels for the organization--the latest being a panel discussion on Public Service and Non-Profit organizations titled, "If You Build It, They Will Come: Empowering The Community From Words to Actions".
Today she serves as Vice-President of the Abyssinsian Baptist Church Joshua Ministry, a group dedicated to developing a new generation of leaders who strive to go to the next level in their spiritual, personal and professional lives.
Whitney is a thinker and a scholar currently studying Africana Studies in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Under the tutelage of Dr. Renee Blake and Dr. Deborah Willis, her current research examines the representation of Afro-Caribbean female musicians in American pop culture.
To contact Whitney, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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