Contribution from Adean King

Howard University Associate Professor Jennifer C. Thomas is the recipient of two notable honors. She was named the Scripps Howard Foundation/ Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), Teacher of the Year, one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. She has also been named as a 2020 Fulbright awardee as a scholar in the Fulbright Specialist Program. 

“I’m so excited and humbled,” Thomas said.

Thomas is the journalism sequence coordinator and teaches broadcast journalism in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, her alma mater.

Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick congratulates Associate Professor Jennifer C. Thomas on being named the Scripps Howard Foundation Teacher of the Year and a 2020 Fulbright Scholar. (Courtesy Photo)

“It’s been an honor to give back to the institution that has molded me into the professional and professor that I am today.”

She is an award-winning journalist and CNN executive producer who covered major events such as the September 11th Terror Attacks and Hurricane Katrina. 

The journalist and educator credits her late father, who was a longtime pastor, and mother, a retired elementary school teacher, with giving her the confidence to succeed.

Howard University Associate Professor Jennifer C. Thomas was recently named the Scripps Howard Foundation Teacher of the Year and 2020 Fulbright Scholar. (Courtesy Photo)

“My parents provided God-guided nurturing for me and my siblings when it came to our studies and to achieving success,” Thomas said. 

She also credits her training at Howard University as a further push towards greatness and said she does the same for the students she teaches daily.

 “At Howard, my professors continued that expectation of excellence which is what I try to do with my students today,” Thomas added.