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Todd Steven Burroughs

Freelancer at Self-Employed

About Me

Todd Steven Burroughs is a journalist, historian and popular culture geek. A Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, he is a lifelong student of the history of Black media. He is a co-author with Herb Boyd of the book “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,” and one of four primary authors of the book “Civil Rights Chronicle,” both published Legacy Publishing/Publications International). He is the o-editor with Jared Ball of the book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X,” published by Black Classic Press. He is a contributor to several other books, including “Race And Resistance: African-Americans in the Twenty-First Century” (South End Press), “Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching” (Teaching for Change and PRRAC), “The Fifties Chronicle”(Legacy/Publishing/Publications International), and the “Ethnic Media In America” scholarly anthology series (Kendall/Hunt). He is writing a monograph on Gil Noble, the host and producer of the long-running WABC-TV Black public affairs program "Like It Is" and a journalistic biography of imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.


  • University of Maryland College Park

    • 2001 Ph.D., Journalism
    • 1994 M.A., Journalism
    • 1989 B.A., Mass Communication
  • University of Maryland College Park

    • 2001 M.A., Ph.D., Journalism
  • Seton Hall University

    • 1989 B.A., Mass Communication
  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

    • 2001 Ph.D., Mass Communication


  • Morgan State University

    • 8/2007 - 6/2013 Lecturer
  • University of Maryland Television

    • 1/2005 - 2007 Associate Producer
  • National Newspaper Publishers Association

    • 1/1992 - 2014 Writing and Research Consultant
  • News Service

    • 1/1992 - 2002 News Editor and National
  • National Council of Churches

    • 1/1996 Researcher

Courses Taught

  • Taught Introduction to Mass Media and Black Media History courses

    Morgan State University

  • Taught one section of “Multicultural Media History,

    John H. Johnson School of Communications, Howard University