Alicia Nails


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Alicia Nails directs the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. She is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and freelance writer, including appearing in the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, the Michigan Chronicle, and BLAC magazine. She serves on the BLAC advisory board and the board of the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a sought-after voice in the community, appearing on both radio and TV.

Her journalism background includes writing/producing television at WXIA (NBC) Atlanta; WTVS (PBS) Detroit; WCBS (CBS) and Essence Communications, both in New York City; and at Detroit’s WJBK-TV 2 (FOX). She reported breaking news and features as a writer/producer at Detroit’s WWJ Newsradio 950 (CBS).

The media professional has also executed city-wide PR campaigns for the African World Festival, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Detroit Alumnae Chapter; she is Delta’s Michigan state journalist; and managing editor of national publications and executive communications for The Links, Incorporated.

Nails has produced major fundraisers, including WSU’s “The Salute to Emery King,” and “The Salute to 25 Year Journalists.” For the UNCF she produced several Mayors’ Balls, and presentations of the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Degrees and Certifications

Wayne State University Law School

Juris Doctor, May 1995

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Reporting on diversity, with emphasis on inclusion of voices and views from the full range of races, genders / gender identities and cultures in our society.