Wendi C. Thomas is the editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom focused on poverty, power and public policy. She is also part of ProPublica’s 2019 Local Reporting Network. Previously she was metro columnist and assistant managing editor at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. She’s also worked for The Charlotte Observer, The (Nashville) Tennessean and The Indianapolis Star. Thomas has taught at the University of Memphis, and at Harvard University’s Extension School, where she developed the school’s first journalism course about race and class.
In 2019, Thomas received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Best Practices award. In 2018, she was named Journalist of the Year by Journalism and Women Symposium. She was inducted into the Scripps Hall of Fame for commentary in 2008 and has served as chair of the National Headliners contest.