Candace King ’15


Candace King ’15

As a journalism student at Ithaca College, Candace King ’15 was already contributing reporting for the NBC Nightly News and PBS NewsHour.

An editor for The Ithacan and an assignment editor and producer for Newswatch, King traveled with 17 student reporters to Washington, D.C., to cover the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The students worked with PBS NewsHour Online, shooting interviews, live tweeting, and editing web content for the Student Voices section of the website. King was also one of six student journalists to cover the 50th anniversary of the historic March to Selma, Alabama, providing coverage for NBC Nightly News.

“Bloody Sunday is not only significant because it is the 50th anniversary,” King wrote for NBC in a “reporter’s notebook” column. “It is significant because of the sacrifices that the foot soldiers made to contribute to the political, social, and economic progression of people of color.”

After graduating from IC, King worked as a journalist for MSNBC. She is now in the graduate program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, working toward a PhD in Afro-American studies with a focus on literature and culture. Her interests are in formations of Black female identities and misrepresentations in mainstream media. In January she was awarded the 2020 Graduate Student Scholarship from the National Women’s Studies Association.