Curtis Lawrence - Columbia College Chicago

Curtis Lawrence

Associate Professor


Curtis Lawrence is an associate professor in the Communication Department teaching in the journalim and Civic Media masters programs. He is also the faculty adviser to the Columbia Chronicle newspaper and site and the ChicagoTalks news site. He has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at five daily newspapers in the Midwest. He also worked as a legislative aide for the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance during the 1980s. Lawrence has won several awards for his journalism, but he is most proud of the Studs Terkel Award for longstanding excellence in reporting about Chicago’s diverse communities. In addition to his work at Columbia, Lawrence also works as a part-time editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he previously worked as a reporter in the 1990s. Lawrence has been committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work including leadership posts with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is the adviser of the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a certified trainer for the Power Shift Project to eliminate sexual harassment and increase opportunities for those who have been historically marginalized.

Instructional Areas

Urban Affairs Journalism; Scholastic Education; Civic Media at the graduate level; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; urban affairs, scholastic journalism.


B.A., English Augusta College 1980
M.S.J., Journalism Northwestern University 1982