by Robert Stewart, Director
Gregory Lee and Lauren Martinez have agreed to join the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s Professional Advisory Board, effective immediately.
Greg and Lauren bring enormous energy, talent, and insight to the board. Greg’s extensive experience in sports journalism as well as his recent two-year term as NABJ president will help us on multiple fronts. Lauren’s experience at American Greetings, where she is president of the company’s Hispanic Resource Network in addition to working as a content and merchandising manager, will help the school as we strive to provide the best learning experience for future media professionals.
Lee is the executive sports editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. In this position, he manages sports coverage for its print and online operations. He is one of four African Americans who currently hold such a position in American newspapers.
In August 2013, he ended his two-year term as the 19th President of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). During his fifteen years of service to the organization, he served in a number of leadership roles, including national secretary and national treasurer. He was also in charge of the associations student programs where he guided more than 500 students into media careers. He was also a chapter president in New Orleans and Boston.
Lee recently received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Prior to his arrival in South Florida, Lee was the senior assistant sports editor at The Boston Globe. He also worked for the (New Orleans) Times Picayune and The Washington Post.
Since 2001, Lee has served as editor of the Bulletin, a newspaper for the Associated Press Sports Editors convention. The newspaper is staffed by college students participating in the Sports Journalism Institute, a program designed to help increase diversity in the nation’s sports departments. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and has written numerous articles on the need for diversity in the nation’s newsrooms.
Lee is also dedicated to community service outside of the journalism industry. He was a board member of the Louisiana Network and served as chapter president of the Xavier University Alumni Association, both in the Washington, D.C. area.
A native of New Orleans, La., Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1996.
Lauren “Lo” Martinez is a highly-motivated marketing and communication strategist with a passion for creating compelling content for the digital space. She has taken part in design and development projects for many exceptional institutions, including American Greetings, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Academic Programs International and Ohio University. Her projects have ranged from website design and management to video production and writing to content marketing.
As a content and merchandising manager for American Greeting, Martinez manages cross-functional teams that create and curate content for digital and retail partners. She works to position all content for maximum impact, and has recently expanded her work into the e-commerce space, managing product merchandising for Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Meijer.com. She also leads the companys Hispanic Resource Network, an employee resource group that strives to engage American Greetings Hispanic associates in a meaningful way.
She earned her BS in Journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism with a minor in Business from Ohio University with the Outstanding Senior Award for Carr Van Anda studies and magna cum laude honors.
The schools Professional Advisory Board is made up of media professionals from a wide variety of organizations, including representatives from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Columbus Dispatch, Cardinal Health, Mashable, Marsh Brand Partners, the Kasich administration, the Scripps Company. The board meets twice each year to provide feedback to the school on current programs and talk with faculty and students about new initiatives as well as challenges facing the program.