Sheila Solomon is an expert in newsroom diversity and has a lengthy career as an editor for a variety of news outlets. As a senior consultant to the Democracy Fund, a position she has held since September 2016, she is examining Chicago’s journalism ecosystem in an effort to foster a more collaborative and sustainable media environment. She is also manager of recruitment and internships at Rivet Radio, a Chicago-based audio creation and distribution company.
From 2009 to 2012 she was cross media editor at the Chicago Tribune, serving as liaison between the Tribune and other properties in the Chicago Tribune Media Group. She previously spent seven years as the Tribune’s senior editor for recruitment, overseeing the newsroom’s internship and training programs and serving as a resource and liaison for the newsroom and Chicago Tribune Media Group partners.
She has also worked at Newsday, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), and was an adjunct journalism instructor at Hampton University (Hampton, Va.) and Columbia College Chicago.
In 2014 she received the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, presented for distinguished leadership in increasing access and opportunities to people of color in journalism and improving the coverage of communities of color in American media.