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Carolyn Bailey Lewis



Areas of Expertise

  • Management and Leadership
  • Organizational Communication and Diversity
  • Advocacy/Disability Rights

Professional Experience

Over 38 years as a public broadcasting/media professional.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting in Morgantown, WNPB-TV, (1972-1997) – Writer/Announcer, Continuity Chief, Community Relations Manager, Director of Public Information and Graphic Design, General Manager.

First African-American female named general manager of a public television station in the U.S.(1993).

Served as Director and General Manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University (1997-2011). Led stations through strategic planning, reorganization, and change, including WOUB’s conversion from analog to digital television. Garnered myriad awards, and produced and hosted both radio and television programs. Consultant to other public broadcasting stations and student mentor.

Academic Experience (Adjunct Faculty): West Virginia University Perley I. Reed School of Journalism, 1990-1997;Media Issues and Ethics, Introduction to Mass Communication, Public Relations. Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies, 1998-2011; Public Telecommunications, Media Management, Leadership for the Media Industries, Gender Leadership in Media.

Publications: Article in College Planning and Management; Chapter in Women of Color and Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place; Co-Author of a Paper, Education Leadership Conference. Edited three books.

Select Awards and Honors: Named WOUB Public Media Director and General Manager Emerita by the OU Board of Trustees; Telly Award, narration, Wandering Souls: Tet ’68 Remembered; Ohio University Outstanding Administrator Award; Inducted, WV All Black High Schools Academic Hall of Fame; P. I. Reed School of Journalism Award for Professional Achievement, West Virginia University (WVU); Award of Promotional Excellence, Southern Educational Communications Association; Professional Award, West Virginia Women’s Commission; Most Loyal Mountaineer, WVU; Dr. Neil S. Bucklew Social Justice Award, WVU; Outstanding Grassroots Advocate, Association of Public Television Stations; Crystal Award, WV Public Relations Society. Speaker, presenter and panelist for numerous national, state, and local conferences, meetings, classes, and seminars.

Current Associations: Member, Athens City Commission on Disabilities Co-Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning, Ohio University Member, Diversity Alumni Advisory Board, Ohio University; Advisor, Refreshing Waters Ministries, Ohio University.


Ph.D., Ohio University
 M.S. Journalism, West Virginia University
 B.S. Journalism and Speech, West Virginia University