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Clyde Hughes


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Clyde Hughes is an award-winning veteran journalist with more than 30 years of writing on topics such diverse topics as race, inclusion, urban affairs, politics and sports. 


From Trayvon Martin to the dragging death of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, Hughes has covered and written about some of the most hot-button topics in the nation. Hughes has worked full time for newspapers in Texas and Ohio and freelanced for publications and websites from around the country. This work covering such a wide range of issues from crime, civil rights, courts and race has earned him local, state and national citations. His ability to give a unique voice to such emotional topics such as affirmative action, politics, social policy issues and sports have made Hughes a must-read columnist where he has been published.


Hughes spent 17 ½ years writing news and sports for the Toledo Blade, from 1989 to 2007. In the sports department, he covered everything from high school and college sports to Major League baseball and the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. In the newsroom, he covered urban affairs and social policy issues for the newspaper. His coverage of the first Byrd trial won him a first place award in commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1999. He wrote one of The Blade's first comprehensive series on the Latino community and the lack of women's basketball coaches in local Ohio high schools.


Before his arrival in Toledo, Hughes worked six years at the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, his hometown newspapers, where he wrote sports and news stories, including the federal courts.


Hughes is currently an active freelance journalist and writer located in Lafayette, Ind. He has written articles for Baltimore Sun, Black America Web, former BET Weekend magazine, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Washington Times and locally for the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Indianapolis Star and Kokomo Tribune, among others.


He was won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Toledo Association for Women in Communication for his journalism work. Along with his media awards, Hughes has won area and division speech titles with Toastmasters International. In 2009, he won the area and division humorous speech contests in Indiana and in 2011 he won area and division crowns for the organization's International Speech Contest competition in the Hoosier State.


Hughes has taught classes on journalism ethics and mass media writing at Purdue University, coverage of minorities in the media and African-Americans in sports at Bowling Green State University.


He earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1984 and was a fellow at the Poynter Institute, in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April 2000 that focused on the coverage of minorities in the media.


Hughes has taken on various leadership roles in journalism and the community over his career. He served on the National Association of Black Journalists national board of directors, the publication board at Bowling Green State University, an area governor for Toastmasters International Area 71, and an advisory member for He also serves as a co-facilitator for the Greater Lafayette Commerce Diversity Roundtable and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association.



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