UNITY: Journalists of Color congratulates past UNITY president Karen Lincoln Michel on being named executive editor of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. She will also oversee news operations at the Opelousas (La.) Daily World. Both are owned by Gannett.
Lincoln Michel is currently assistant managing editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She starts her new job March 26.
Lincoln Michel served as president of UNITY: Journalists of Color from 2007 to 2008. She is a longtime member of the Native American Journalists Association and former president of the NAJA Board of Directors. She also leads the UNITY Legacy Council of past UNITY board members.
The promotion of a Native American journalist to a top leadership position at a daily newspaper is an important milestone for diversity. UNITY believes that we can only build a sustainable future for journalism by diversifying whom we employ at all levels, especially top management.
Previously, Lincoln Michel served as the Madison, Wis., bureau chief at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Before that, she was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News and La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune.
Lincoln Michel is a board member of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and American Indian Science & Engineering Society Publishing. She is also a member of the Gannett Leadership and Diversity Council and serves on the UNITY Reunification Commission, which is working to bring UNITY founding partner, the National Association of Black Journalists, back to the alliance.
She will be among thousands of journalists attending the UNITY 2012 convention, Aug. 1-4, in Las Vegas. For information about our fifth quadrennial convention, go to www.unityconvention.org.