*MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERT
*AUTHOR OF TWO MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS
*PRESIDENT OF ON ASSIGNMENT MEDIA
*ARTICLES FEATURED IN PEOPLE, TIME, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, O MAGAZINE, JET, AND ESSENCE MAGAZINE
*PUBLIC RELATIONS GURU
*FOUNDER AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF TWO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS CHAPTERS - THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS AND THE BATON ROUGE AREA ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
Michelle McCalope is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the media industry. She's worked in nearly every facet of the business, including television, newspapers, magazines, public relations, and the web. She likes to say she was multimedia before multimedia was cool.
She is also the author of two motivational books, "That Good Job: Strategies for pursuing your passions and following your dreams (January 2016 Amazon.com) and "Good Job: A guide to pursuing your passions and following your dreams" (June 2014 Amazon.com). In the books, Michelle shares the lessons she's learned in her 20 plus years in the media to help inspire others to follow their dreams and not just settle for a job that pays the bills.
Michelle serves as the community outreach coordinator for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. She is also the president of her own media/communications company, On Assignment Media, in Baton Rouge, La. As part of her services, she conducts communications workshops and offers media training and communications consulting.
Michelle started her career as a paid intern and general assignment reporter at the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there, she worked as a reporter at the Muskegon Chronicle in Muskegon, Michigan; assistant editor at JET magazine in Chicago; public and government affairs representative at Amoco Corporation in Chicago and Houston; freelance writer in Houston; reporter and fill-in anchor at KBMT Channel 12 in Beaumont, Texas and reporter and web producer for WAFB Channel 9 in Baton Rouge. She has also worked as an adjunct journalism professor at Southern University and LSU.
Her articles have appeared in People magazine, Time, the Houston Chronicle, Emerge, Essence, the Washington Post, and O magazine, just to name a few. She also worked as a producer with CBS News New York to help cover breaking news stories. And she’s been interviewed by the BBC News in London for coverage of the Baton Rouge shootings.
Her work has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Press Club of Southeast Texas. She has also been honored by CUSH magazine for excellence in journalism and as a Pioneering Women of Southeast Texas and Southern University Mass Communication Department’s Alumni of the Year. In 2014, she was inducted in the Southern University Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.
Michelle is the immediate past president and founder of the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists. She is also the founder and former president of the Southeast Texas Association of Black Journalists and immediate past president of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
A native of Baton Rouge, Michelle received a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Southern University. She was also the first person in her family to graduate from college.