Lewis W. Diuguid is a certified diversity facilitator, news media consultant, author, freelance writer and lecturer. He is a founding member, newsletter editor and treasurer of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. He is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Trotter Group of Black Voices in Commentary and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).
He serves as the chair of the Political Action Committee for NAME and has presented papers on multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion throughout the United States and at Seoul National University. Diuguid sits on boards at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Kansas schools of journalism.
Diuguid is a St. Louis native and a May 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. He started that same month, working for The Kansas City Star-Times as a reporter/photographer. Diuguid is a 1984 graduate of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Editing Program Fellowship at the University of Arizona-Tucson. He served on the faculty of that fellowship from 1991 to 2007. Diuguid was a columnist for The Kansas City Star from 1986 to 2016, often focusing on issues of diversity and inclusion. He was co-chair of the newsroom diversity committee in the 1990s and was on a team providing diversity training for the entire staff. Diuguid served as vice president for community resources at The Star from 1999 to 2009 responsible for the newspaper’s philanthropic and outreach efforts. He served on the editorial board from 1999 to 2016, resigning from the newspaper as a columnist, op-ed page editor, letters editor, editorial writer and blogger. From 1993 to the present Diuguid has been a certified diversity facilitator through the Newspaper Association of America, now known as the News Media Alliance.
Diuguid is the recipient of many awards, including the 2000 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, the 2007 Mizzou Alumni Association Faculty-Alumni Award for service to the University of Missouri-Columbia and the 2017 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from Harvard University. His published books are “Our Fathers: Making Black Men” (2017), “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union” (2007) and “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today” (2004). His soon-to-be published book he co-authored with his late partner, Bette Tate-Beaver, executive director of the National Association for Multicultural Education. The book focuses on the more than 100 educators they led in six cultural and professional exchanges to Cuba from 2015 to 2019 and is titled “Erasing Fears of Cuba: Embracing a Nation of ‘We’ from a Country of ‘Me’.”
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