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Meet our Award Winning Editor in Chief, Meta J. Mereday.
Updated: Feb 1, 2020
Meta J. Mereday is an award-winning journalist and development consultant with an extensive background in diversity, media and communications, marketing, healthcare, entertainment, community outreach, veteran advocacy, and cultural awareness. Meta freelances for the DiversityComm Publication Group; was former Editor at Large with the Savoy Media Group which publishes Savoy Magazine and Multicultural Law Magazine. She is a featured contributor for a number of business enterprise publications including Minority Business News-USA, NV Magazine, Black Professionals Magazine, and All About Sports as well as online publications and blogs.
Meta’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and community service, particularly as it impacts under-served constituencies, led her to establish a grass roots network of organizations to address a wide range of societal inequities. Veterans Entrepreneurial Development
Initiatives (VEDI), Inc., was established to bridge the many gaps in entrepreneurial, economic and empowerment models that negatively affect returning veterans; Empowered Health Partnerships, Inc., was established to address the health disparities and lack of comprehensive prevention models in under-served communities; and Long Island Veterans Initiatives, Inc was established to bring together scattered resources to better serve Long Island (NY) veterans, who represent the largest veteran population in the Northeast Region.
Mereday hosted a radio show entitled “Lifting Every Voice” on WHPC Radio that provided a platform for diverse voices to showcase their community services. She hosted and co-produced “THAW”, which is a radio version of her community outreach platform, T.H.A.W. – The Harvest At Work, to showcase positive news and proactive alliances which aired on WGBB Radio. She is a 9-11 Civilian First Responder who assisted with recovery and resident support at Ground Zero and provided commentary on the tragic events of the September 11, 2001 attack. She wrote for The Detroit News highlighting the meeting in New York between NBC and Detroit leaders protesting Chris Hansen’s coverage of the “Motor City.”
This renowned, business writer brings a certain flair and visualization to her craft that captures and holds the reader from start to finish. Currently, she is developing short features to highlight the issues impacting veterans “after the parades.”
Mereday has an extensive background providing corporate communications support for internal publications at Fortune 500 Companies including Time Warner, Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons and Microsoft. She's been featured in the Long island Business News, Network Journal Magazine, Newsday (NY), Times Leader (PA) and on News 12 Long Island. She's a sought after speaker including guest lecturer at Columbia University, Long Island University, NYU, Penn State and Hofstra University with an emphasis on diversity and entrepreneurship. She helped to establish the Hofstra University Association of Black Journalists to provide diversity in media at the school and a support system for the minority students. Her students have participated at two presidential debates. She drafted the “Focus on Diversity” model for the Public Relations Coalition, an international advocacy group, to increase diversity in the PR industry. She's founder and former Board Member, National Black Public Relations Society, Inc and former Board Member, National Association of Black Journalists. She has a B.A. in Advertising from San Jose State University (CA) and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University (NY). Mereday lives in Long Island, NY. You can reach Meta at firstname.lastname@example.org