Shepard Strategic Communications

News Writing

Over a 16-year career in journalism, Shepard has chronicled some of the most significant moments one can imagine. From witnessing the fall of apartheid in South Africa, to racial unrest in Los Angeles and the rise of violent street gangs across America, Shepard’s experience in domestic and international hotspots has helped him understand the true meaning of the phrase “Grace Under Fire.”

After graduating with a journalism degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Shepard began his journalism career at the Central Jersey Home News. There, he gained the attention of New Jersey housing officials by reporting on deficient housing and street gang activity in public housing complexes in New Brunswick.

Shepard then moved to The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Ohio’s largest newspaper, and created the national urban/minority affairs coverage beat.

There he covered national civil rights issues, street gangs and race relations. His writings on civil rights groups led him to cover the first all-race elections in South Africa where he interviewed both President Nelson Mandela and eventual President Thabo Mbeki.

Shepard then moved onto The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. There he continued crafting stories that explored the widening chasm between races. Coverage included efforts to revitalize decaying urban centers, international trafficking of women and his travel to Cuba with a delegation of the Congressional Black Caucus and its historic meeting.

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