Wanda S. Lloyd is author of Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism, a self-reflective exploration of her life growing up in the Deep South and becoming a successful newspaper editor. She is a retired newspaper editor and a former associate professor/former chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.
She was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of fame in 2019, recognition of her decades of impactful work as a newspaper editor and advocacy for diversity of women and people of color in media.
Wanda served more than eight years as executive editor of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, a Gannett newspaper. In this role, she was responsible for all of the news content for the daily newspaper and several weekly newspapers, including the Maxwell-Gunter Dispatch, montgomeryadvertiser.com, the editorial page and the newsroom’s staff and resources.
She rejoined Gannett in 2004 after serving as the founding executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, based on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The Diversity Institute offered journalism training to people of color coming from careers outside of journalism and who were interested in a mid-career shift into journalism. In Nashville, she was also co-host of “Behind the Headlines,” a weekly radio news analysis show on WFSK-FM, the Fisk University station.
Wanda is co-author/co-editor of “The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press,” published October 2009 by University of Illinois Press.
In previous Gannett experience, she was managing editor at The Greenville (S.C.) News. Before that, she was senior editor/days & administration at USA TODAY, where she served earlier as deputy managing editor/cover stories and managing editor/administration. She has also worked as an editor at The Washington Post, the Providence Evening Bulletin, the Miami Herald and the Atlanta Journal. Wanda has been a four-time juror for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2019 she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Region Hall of Fame.
She directed the landmark NABJ study “Muted Voices: Frustration and Fear in the Newsroom,” a survey of black journalists and newsroom managers. She writes articles and columns for magazines and trade publications on the issues of leadership, newsroom diversity and careers in journalism and she is a frequent speaker on journalism and leadership topics.
She is a member of the Executive Council of AARP Georgia, and she launched a volunteer network for AARP in Savannah. She volunteers with several other organizations, including the MLK Observance Day Association, Inc.
Wanda has served on the journalism advisory boards at Alabama State, Savannah State, Auburn and Virginia Commonwealth universities. She was a member of the board of directors of the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors and the Alabama Press Association. In 2014 she was elected to return as a member of the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), on which she previously served two three-year terms.
She is a former director of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), where she chaired the organization’s committees on Diversity, Human Resources and Nominations and she was co-editor of the “ASNE Bulletin” (later “The American Editor”). She was a co-founder and chair of the National Association of Minority Media Executives (NAMME). She also previously served as a member of the advisory board of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund.
She is a 2014 graduate of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Communications.
In 2010 Wanda was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama for her work in the community and career achievements. Other honors include the Robert G. McGruder Award for Media Diversity; Ida B. Wells Award for Media Diversity; Career Achievement award from Columbia University; Distinguished Alumna of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and Washington, D.C., Spelman Alumna of the Year.
She is a graduate of Leadership Savannah (GA), Leadership Montgomery (AL) and Leadership Greenville (SC).
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. In 2016 Spelman awarded her the Doctor of Humane Letters and she also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Briarwood College in Southington, CN. She was a fellow at the Management Training Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business Management. She is a Diamond Life member of the Savannah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority, and she is a member of the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.