Thomas University to host renowned CIC visiting fellow Callie Crossley

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Thomas University will host CIC Visiting Fellow Callie Crossley during a series of online events Monday, Oct. 26, through Thursday, Oct. 29. She is the host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” which airs on WGBH, 89.7 FM Sunday evenings. Her weekly commentaries air Mondays during WGBH’s Morning Edition. Using that platform, she has tackled wide-ranging subject matter—from one town’s cable revolution, to Colin Kapernick’s protest, to the Women’s March, and the early days of the Trump administration.

During the week, Crossley will spend time virtually with different TU classes discussing her work and the issues she’s covered. At 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, she will present the session “Free Speech and the Cancel Culture,” which ties in TU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. To participate via Zoom, email Dr. Debra Gresham at for the Zoom link.

Also during the week, Crossley will present “Media Literacy: When is Beyoncé a Trusted Source?” This public lecture starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and will be livestreamed on TU’s Facebook page, No Facebook account is required to participate.

Crossley is a frequent commentator on television and radio programs. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Politico, and Washington Post. She has appeared on NECN’s Broadside, CNN’s Reliable Sources, On the Media, the PBS NewsHour, and PRI’s The Takeaway. She appears weekly on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage, and frequently hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events concerning communities of color.

A former producer for ABC News 20/20, Crossley is a public speaker and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, guest lecturing at colleges and universities about media literacy, media and politics and the intersection of race, gender and media.

She has two Harvard Fellowships – from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Crossley was a producer for Blackside Inc.’s “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years,” which earned her an Oscar® nomination, a National Emmy, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award (Gold Baton).

Crossley won a 2017 Award from National Association of Black Journalists for Hosting in the Television Public Affairs: Interview Discussion for the program “Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen and a General.” Crossley was honored with the 2017 Open Door Award from Old South Church whose previous winners include former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Reverend Frank Schaefer, and Sarah Ann Shaw.

Crossley is the recipient of the 2017 Barbara Stone Hollander Award for Women’s Leadership from the Women’s Institute at Chatham University. Crossley won the 2016 Best Commentary award from the Public Radio News Directors organization for “Tomorrow Is Not Promised: Life After Hurricane Katrina.”

She was also awarded both the 2016 and 2015 National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Awards for a compilation of commentaries, “Observations on Ferguson: America’s Racial Ground Zero” and “Race Matters: Echoing History.”

In 2014 three awards –the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow, and Clarion awards for writing, producing and co-hosting the hour radio documentary, “Witness to History: WGBH’s 1963 Coverage of the March on Washington.”

She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and holds two honorary degrees, a Doctor of Arts degree from Pine Manor College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cambridge College. Crossley has been honored with many community awards including the 2016 GK100 List, identified as one of Boston’s Top 100 Influential People of Color. She is also featured in the book, “Boston’s Inspirational Women” co-authored by award-winning photographer Bill Brett, Kerry Brett, and Carol Beggy.

The CIC Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For more than 45 years, Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s website at

Thomas University will host CIC Visiting Fellow Callie Crossley Oct. 26-29 during a series of online events. She is the host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” which airs on WGBH, 89.7 FM Sunday evenings. Her weekly commentaries air Mondays during WGBH’s Morning Edition.

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