Carol Jenkins Bio

Carol Jenkins is an award-winning writer, producer and media consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to the media, specifically the participation of women and people of color; women’s participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent.

An Emmy-winning former television journalist, she was founding president and board member of The Women’s Media Center, the groundbreaking non-profit aimed at increasing coverage and participation of women in the media. In that WMC role she conceived the acclaimed Progressive Women’s Voices media leadership program, and acquired and expanded the largest portfolio of women experts in the country, SheSource.

The WMC served as consultant to the award-winning documentary on sexism in the media, Miss Representation, and Ms Jenkins is interviewed in the film. The WMC bestows The Carol Jenkins Young Journalist Award to an accomplished media professional each year.

Carol Jenkins is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of AMREF USA, and now chairs its Leadership Council. The African Medical & Research Foundation, a 55 year old organization based in Nairobi and founded as The Flying Doctors, is the largest African health NGO on the continent. AMREF operates in more than 30 countries in the delivery of services, training of a local health workforce, and providing safe water and sanitation. AMREF is winner of both The Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health and The Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

As part of her international work, Ms Jenkins is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition to continuing to serve on The Women’s Media Center board, she is Chair of the Black Maternal Health Advisory Board of Women’s eNews, the online international women’s newspaper; member of the President’s Council of Advisers at The National Council for Research on Women; a member of the Advisory Board of The Alliance of Women Film Journalists; and an Advisory board member of the Caring Economics Campaign, a project of The Center for Partnership Studies.

Ms Jenkins formerly served on the boards of The Ms Foundation for Women and The Feminist Press. She pursues her interest in the Arts as a board member of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Born into a farming family in Alabama, she is honored to serve as a member of the board of  Humane Farm Animal Care, the national certifying entity for farms and retail establishments for humane treatment of animals.

Carol Jenkins is the co-author, with her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines, of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. A biography of her uncle, it was winner of Best Non-Fiction award from the Black Caucus of The American Library Association. She was an Executive Producer of Eve Ensler’s Sundance award-winning documentary, What I Want My Words to Do to You and is a contributor to the recently published book, Secrets of Powerful Women, Leading Change for a New Generation.

A recipient of both the Lifetime Achievement and International Reporting awards from the National Association of Black Journalists/NY, she holds honorary degrees from Marymount Manhattan College and The College of New Rochelle. During her reporting career she anchored WNBC-TV’s evening newscast, covered presidential and mayoral politics, the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa, and hosted, on WNYW, her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live.

Recent honors include the 2012 Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism Award from Women’s eNews; inclusion in the 2012 Class of TheGrio 100 Leading African Americans; a 2012 United Nations Foundation press fellowship in global health issues; the 2009 North Star News Prize; and the 2008 Women’s Equality Award from The National Council of Women’s Organizations.


Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins is an award-winning writer and producer. An Emmy-winning former television journalist, she was founding president of The Women’s Media Center, a national non-profit. As chair of AMREF USA, an African health organization, travels frequently to East Africa and has a special interest in maternal and child health.


2010-present– Leadership Consultant. Offering training for women in public leadership. Consulting on managing the “public” aspect of internal leadership, and securing and managing a public profile.  CarolJenkins:Media. Media production company developing feature, documentary, online and publishing projects.

2005-2009—The Women’s Media Center (WMC), Founding President and Board Member.  Led the creation and management of this non-profit advocacy organization from conception to status as a leading women’s national organizations. Created the highly successful WMC media leadership program, Progressive Women’s Voices. PWV trains women in non-profit and media leadership roles in the management of their public, media profiles.  Acquired and enhanced the country’s largest database of women experts as media resources. Testified before the FCC and appeared on network and cable programs on the topic of women in the media. A frequent conference speaker and moderator, and author of opinion pieces and essays on women’s issues, and the media.

1998-2004—Carol Jenkins & Company. An Executive Producer of Sundance Film Festival award-winning (Freedom of Expression) documentary What I Want My Words to Do to You, which aired on PBS.  Publication of biography, Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. Member of executive team with communications portfolio for Ayrshire Farm and enterprises, Upperville, Virginia.

1970-1998—Emmy-winning anchor, correspondent and daily show host for WNBC, ABC, WOR and WNYW in New York City. Anchor of 6PM news, WNBC-TV. Political coverage included national conventions that produced presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.  International coverage of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in South Africa and beyond. Host of Carol Jenkins Live, daily midday talk show with political, cultural guests on WNYW.  Hosted women’s health specials for WNET/PBS television.


EDUCATION:  MA New York University, BS Boston University

AUTHOR: Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and The Making of a Black American Millionaire (2004, paperback 2005, Ballantine Press) Winner of Best Non-Fiction, Black Caucus, American Library Association, Essence #1 Bestseller. Written with daughter, Elizabeth Hines. Biography of uncle, a successful Alabama businessman, civil rights activist.

BOARDS: CurrentlyChair, AMREF USA (The African Medical & Research Foundation) largest African health organization on the continent, winner of Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health, Hilton Humanitarian Prize. Board member of The Women’s Media Center; Humane Farm Animal Care, the national accrediting organization for farms, restaurants, stores; Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance; and the non-profit documentary companies Out of the Blue Films , The Faith Project and Black Women’s Media Collaborative. Member of  President’s Advisory Committee for The National Council on Research for Women; Advisory Board, Alliance of Women Film Journalists; Advisory Board, Caring Economics Campaign; Chair, Advisory Committee on Black Maternal Health, Women’s eNews. Formerly, board member of The Ms. Foundation for Women and The Feminist Press, among others.


Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines.2004, Ballantine Books, paperback 2005. ( Available in Kindle edition.

Powering Up: How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders, Anne Doyle. 2011. Quoted.

The Quotable Woman: The First 5000 Years, Elaine Bernstein Partnow, Facts-on-File, 2010 Two substantial quotes from essay on Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Secrets of Powerful Women, Leading Change for a New Generation. Voice, 2010, Profiled.

Standing By: Women in Television, essay in Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium, edited by Robin Morgan, Washington Square Press. 2003

Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk About Living Feminism by Christina Looper Baker and Christina Baker Kline Bantam,1997. Profiled with daughter, Elizabeth Gardner Hines.

As President of The Women’s Media Center, a weekly online column on the WMC website and through email about women in the media, as well as essays about the 2008 election, Barack Obama’s inauguration,

Essays in Television Week and The Christian Science Monitor on women in media.


2009. North Star News Prize, North Star Foundation. 2008. Women’s Equality Award, National Council of Women’s Organizations.

Lifetime Achievement and Griot International Reporting Awards. National Association of Black Journalists/NY. Distinguished Alumna of New York University. Honorary doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College and College of New Rochelle

As well as: The Feminist Press, The Daily News with its Front Page Award, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, Save the Children, Single Parents’ Association, United Negro College Fund, Hale House, National Mothers’ Day Committee as Mother of the Year, the Police Athletic League as Woman of the Year, Abbott House as Humanitarian of the Year.

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