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As part of the Inkubator Conference, Literary Cleveland presents Words from the Front: Journalism, Justice and Black Lives Matter, a discussion with writer Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, Sam Allard (Cleveland Scene), and Sia Nyorkor (WOIO-TV & Regional Director for the National Association of Black Journalists).

As a lead on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists at the Washington Post, Mr. Lowery and his fellow journalists created "Fatal Force," a comprehensive database of officer-involved shootings. This native Clevelander also wrote the book They Can't Kill Us All, the story of the struggle for Black lives in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere. Learn more about his writing and the work of journalists in the struggle for racial justice at this panel discussion.



Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Cleveland Scene Magazine and has been dubbed Northeast Ohio's provocateur in chief. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. He was born and raised on Cleveland's near west side.  

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era of America's Racial Justice Movement. He was the lead reporter for the Washington Post in Ferguson, Missouri and covering the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the paper’s coverage of police shootings. His reporting has previously appeared in The Boston GlobeThe Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes' "60 in 6," on the mobile app Quibi.

Sia Nyorkor is an Emmy and award-winning journalist who works for the CBS affiliate, WOIO-TV, as Weekend Anchor and Multimedia Journalist, in Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked for PBS, NPR & CBS affiliates in NJ, NY, FL, KS, OH and MTV News in NYC since 2000. Nyorkor shoots, reports, writes, edits & produces content for all platforms including tv, radio & digital. Her work has been recognized with a New York Emmy Award, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Humane Society Genesis Award, a Cleveland Press Club Award & several Mid-Atlantic, Suncoast & Lower Great Lakes Emmy nominations, respectively. Nyorkor has appeared on TV One, Oxygen & Investigation Discovery channels to discuss her news reports. Nyorkor was appointed as a Regional Director for the National Association of Black Journalists and serves as a mentor to young, aspiring journalists. She has served at the local and national levels for almost two decades. Active in the Greater Cleveland area, Nyorkor serves lunch at St. Augustine Hunger Center and frequently hosts speaking engagements at local elementary schools. She is a member of public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. An alumna of Indiana University, Nyorkor holds a Bachelor of Arts Journalism from Ernie Pyle School of Journalism and a Master of Science Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nyorkor received the 2019 “Rising Star” award from her alma mater, Indiana University, for service in her profession and the community. Nyorkor is known as "TVNewsLady" on all social media platforms and loves to engage with the community.

Details: Words from the Front: Journalism, Justice and Black Lives Matter takes place Thursday, July 30 from 7-8:30pm EDT remotely online via Zoom video conferencing as part of the Literary Cleveland Inkubator Conference. 
Zoom Info: Register for the workshop and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. 


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