Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communication senior lecturer, Michael A.J. Randolph, is one of nine university journalism faculty members nationwide to receive an Educator of Color Fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
“I am amazed, honored and flattered that I was one of the first recipients of this award,” Randolph said in a press release. “I know that there are many journalism faculty of color around the country who have been teaching a lot longer than I have, and have probably done some amazing things, but yet somehow the folks saw me fit to be one of the nine selected. I will make sure that their faith in me is well founded.”
Randolph came to Eastern in the fall of 2013, after 25 years in Ohio and a brief stint in Florida.
“In all my years of teaching, my seven years here at Eastern Kentucky have been the most fun and rewarding,” said Randolph.
Randolph will receive funds to attend IRE’s Data Bootcamp in January 2021, hosted in Tucson, Arizona. Though he planned to attend the 2020 session in Chicago, the conference was moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.