Speaker profile

Ebony Reed

As director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab, Ebony Reed collaborates with RJI staff and the Missouri School of Journalism to research and test new platforms for journalism, as well as study new revenue models.

She’s also an associate professor at the journalism school where she teaches in-person and online classes that focus on media sales and media management.

Reed has worked for both the business and editorial sides of journalism. She came to RJI from the Boston Business Journal, where she was executive advertising director.

She had a nearly seven-year career with The Associated Press, first as an assistant bureau chief, and later as director of business development for U.S. local markets. As director, she worked with AP directors across the country to find digital and commercial opportunities for the AP. 

Prior to moving to the business side of journalism she held editing and reporting roles at The Detroit News and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

In 2015, Reed received 40 Under 40 honors from the Boston Business Journal, which recognized her as a top business leader under 40. She received an NAACP Image Award in 2013 for her work in the community, success in journalism and commitment to diversity.

She has served on the boards of Boston Children’s Museum and the Columbia Missourian.

Reed received a master’s degree in media management and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

She is originally from Lathrup Village, Michigan, where her parents still reside. She has two nieces and a younger sister, Dianna, who received two degrees from the University of Missouri, as well.

Reed enjoys shopping, gardening and traveling. Toronto is a favorite place to visit but she has many other destinations on her bucket list.