Shirley M. Carswell is a professional journalist, educator and operations manager with 30 years of experience in the news business.
She spent most of her journalism career at The Washington Post, advancing from metro copy editor to copy desk chief to senior newsroom manager. She retired as deputy managing editor, the first black woman to hold that position at the paper. She then returned to her alma mater, Howard University, as a journalism instructor in 2013, teaching reporting and writing fundamentals. She is also the editorial advisor for the student newspaper, The Hilltop, where she once served as a student reporter and copy editor.
Carswell, whose broad management experience includes budget and personnel, information technology, and training and development, has specialized in successfully leading complex logistical operations and promoting the importance of diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage.
Carswell previously worked as an editor and writer at newspapers in Richmond, Virginia; Pontiac, Michigan; and Detroit, Michigan, before moving to the Post.
She was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.
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