*AUTHOR OF TWO MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS
*FORMER AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST
*MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERT
*PRESIDENT OF ON ASSIGNMENT MEDIA
*ARTICLES FEATURED IN PEOPLE, TIME, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, O MAGAZINE, JET, AND ESSENCE MAGAZINE
*PUBLIC RELATIONS GURU
Michelle McCalope is an author and a former award-winning journalist with 30 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 during her successful career to help inspire others to follow their dreams and not just settle for a job that pays the bills.
Michelle is the president of On Assignment Media, a media and communications consulting firm which offers writing, editing, media training, publicity, social media management, and community outreach program services. Clients have included the City of Baton Rouge Office of the Mayor-President, BREC Parks and Recreation, Southern University Law Center, and Global Resource Solutions, just to name a few.
Michelle has worked for media outlets including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle, JET magazine, Amoco Corporation, KBMT Channel 12 and WAFB Channel 9. Her work has been featured in People magazine, Time magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Emerge magazine, Essence magazine, the Washington Post, and O magazine, just to name a few. She was also a producer with CBS News New York to help cover the Lafayette theater shooting and the Alton Sterling and police shootings in Baton Rouge.
She has also worked as an adjunct journalism professor at Southern University and LSU.
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 longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also the founder and former president of the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ) and the Southeast Texas Association of Black Journalists. In 2016 under her leadership, BRAABJ was honored by NABJ as the national chapter of the year.
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.