Education: Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Southern California; M.A., Journalism, University of Southern California; B.A., Journalism & Public Relations, California State University.
Courses Taught: History of Multicultural Media; Ethics of Media; Seminar in Popular Culture; African-American Issues in Mass Communication; Seminar in Sports Media and Culture.
Professional Experience: Former professional journalist (Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, L.A. Bureau; Los Angeles Sentinel); Director of the National Black Media Coalition; former Associate Dean for Administration in the School of Communications, Howard University; former Chair of the Department of Journalism, Howard University.
Research Interests: Dr. Wilson has a longstanding interest in issues relating to the rights of African Americans and other disfranchised groups to obtain fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of communications media including ownership, employment and image portrayal, and in 2013 he received the Lionel Barrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education (AEJMC). His activism in these areas dates from the 1980s when he served as a director of the National Black Media Coalition in addressing such issues before the FCC. His participation in the work of the Howard Media Group (www.howardmediagroup.org) continues his effort to serve the ends toward which he has worked for four decades. Dr. Wilson has authored or co-authored six books including Whither the Black Press? Glorious Past, Uncertain Future, and Racism, Sexism and the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America, which received the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism Research in 2003. The second edition of this book was recognized as an outstanding book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights on the subject of human rights in America. His book, A History of the Black Press, which completed the unfinished work of the late distinguished African American journalism historian Dr. Armistead S. Pride, was cited as one of the 35 “most significant books of the 20th century” by Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.