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A Discussion with Angela Burt-Murray

Former Essence magazine editor-in-chief to deliver Crain Lecture

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February 16, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Angela Burt-Murray, former editor-in-chief of Essence -- the nation’s largest circulating African-American lifestyle magazine -- will talk about her experiences in journalism Monday, Feb. 21, at Northwestern University.

Part of the Medill School of Journalism’s popular Crain Lecture Series, her free and public lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Burt-Murray was named to the “40 under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business for her success in transforming Essence’s appeal to younger and larger audiences. She is the co-author of a critically acclaimed humor book, “The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life,” and “The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women.”

As editor of Essence, Burt-Murray created the magazine’s first-ever news section. It quickly gained recognition for its investigative reports on, among other topics, child slavery in Ghana, child sex trafficking and the rise of militant hate groups.

Burt-Murray came to Essence after serving as executive editor of Teen People. She has written for numerous publications including Working Mother, Parenting, Soul, Atlanta CityMag and Black Elegance.

Burt-Murray’s lecture is sponsored not only by Medill but also by Northwestern’s department of multicultural student affairs and the Northwestern chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Medill’s Crain Lectures bring newsmakers, news analysts and people in the news to Northwestern. For information on this or other lectures, call (847) 491-5401 or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/.

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