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Alumna Wanda Lloyd Shares Her Experiences Growing up in the Segregated South

March 2020

Spelman College Alumna Wanda LloydIn her memoir, "Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism," Wanda Lloyd, C’71, shares her experiences of her professional and personal life journey as a product of the segregated South. After being exposed to journalism in high school, Lloyd worked as a copy editor and editor for USA Today, the Greenville News and the Montgomery Advertiser. 

She led the Montgomery Advertiser newsroom as executive editor for eight and a half years. Following her retirement, Lloyd mentored journalists as an associate professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.

She served extensively with media industry organizations, academic advisory boards and as a speaker and newsroom trainer. She was an editor at seven daily newspapers, including USA Today and The Washington Post. Lloyd's vision for the Journalism/Mass Comm program at Savannah State is to prepare students for 21st Century careers in digital and traditional media, to raise the profile of the program nationally and regionally and to find opportunities for student and faculty scholarship domestically and abroad. She is the author of "The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press" (2009).