Founding President, The Women’s Media Center
Carol Jenkins is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and media analyst. She is a sought-after speaker on the participation of women and people of color in the media and in the political and economic structures in the US and on women’s health in developing countries, particularly on the African continent.
As a pioneering black television reporter, Jenkins was an anchor and correspondent for WNBC TV in New York for nearly 25 years. She reported from the floor of national presidential conventions from the 1970s to the 1990s, and from South Africa she reported on the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and co-produced an Emmy-nominated prime-time special on apartheid. She hosted Carol Jenkins Live, her own daily talk show, on WNYW-TV.
Jenkins became Founding President of The Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit founded in 2004 by Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda to increase coverage and participation of women in media. As president, she conceived the Progressive Women’s Voices program to provide media training for women and girls, and she expanded SheSource, the largest portfolio of women experts in the country.
With her daughter, Elizabeth Gardner Hines, Ms. Jenkins is co-author of Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire (2004). A biography of her uncle, a successful Alabama businessman and civil rights activist, the book won the Best Non-Fiction award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is presently writing a book on her family’s long experience in journalism as a window on gender and racial bias in media.
Jenkins has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation and the Feminist Press. She is immediate past Chair of the Board at Amref Health Africa in the USA and participates in fundraising efforts to support health programs for African women and girls.