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Herbert J. Lowe, Jour ’84

Herbert Lowe Herbert Lowe recently created Aim High Media, a Web design and communications company based in Chicago, after recently serving two years as director of communications for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. He joined the foundation after seven years as a staff writer for Newsday in New York. In 2008, he edited a 160-page book, "Continuing the Legacy: A Salute to the Congressional Black Caucus of the 110th Congress."

A former adjunct professor at Norfolk State University, Herbert also has worked as a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Virginian-Pilot, The Record (of Hackensack, N.J.), The Press of Atlantic City, The Milwaukee Community Journal and Amateur Sports magazine. For three years in a row, he was a finalist in the “Salute to Excellence” competition held by Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals in Norfolk, Va.

Lowe has covered a gamut of assignments — from the Miss America Pageant to political campaigns, from senseless murders to small-town festivals, from civic advocates to greedy developers. Along the way, fairness, integrity, professionalism and diversity have become his hallmarks.

At Marquette, he participated in the Educational Opportunity Program, was president of a black journalism students group and pledged Alpha Phi Alpha before graduating in 1984 with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science.

“Marquette’s been very important to my career,” he says. “I left Camden, N.J., for the university because I wanted to get the best journalism education. I’m confident that I did.”

Herbert was the 15th president of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world’s oldest and largest organization for journalists of color, from 2003-05. In November 2003, he joined the board of directors of UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc., an alliance of associations representing 10,000 black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American journalists. Ebony magazine listed Herbert among the “100-plus Most Influential Black Americans” in its May 2004 and May 2005 issues and profiled him in a full-page feature in its October 2004 issue.

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