Shirley M. Carswell is a professional journalist and manager with 30 years of experience in daily newspapers. In 2013, she returned to her alma mater, Howard University, as an instructor, teaching journalism fundamentals. She is also the editorial advisor for the student newspaper, The Hilltop, and program director for Howard’s Media Sales Institute.
She retired from The Washington Post after a lengthy career as a copy editor, copy desk chief and newsroom administrator. At the time of her retirement, she was a member of the senior leadership team for the award-winning newspaper and website.
Ms. Carswell previously worked as an editor and writer at newspapers in Richmond, Virginia; Pontiac, Michigan; and Detroit, Michigan, before moving to The Post.
Ms. Carswell was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated magna cum laude from Howard, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
In addition to attending Howard, she is a graduate of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing program and the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center.