Addis Ababa born Lilly Workneh is new editor of Black Voices

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Addis Ababa born Lilly Workneh has been named editor of Black Voices according to the Huffington Post which owns the site. Photo: Courtesy of Lilly Workneh
Addis Ababa born Lilly Workneh has been named editor of Black Voices according to the Huffington Post which owns the site. Photo: Courtesy of Lilly Workneh
Addis Ababa born Lilly Workneh has been named editor of Black Voices according to the Huffington Post which owns the site. Photo: Courtesy of Lilly Workneh

Huffington Post has hired Addis Ababa born Lilly Workneh as editor of its HuffPost Black Voices. Most recently she was Lifestyle editor at theGrio.com.

Workneh moved to Manchester, England with her family at a young age where they lived for eight years before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she grew up. She eventually granduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism.

Among media outlets she has worked with include People magazine, [InStyle] Magazine, NBC, MSNBC and CNN.

Huffington Post took control of BlackVoices three years ago. In that time it has overtaken MediaTakeOut.com, Bossip.com, MadameNoire.com, The Grio and The Root in terms of traffic, according to ComScore, a research company that tracks among other things websites.

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  • Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dish Network satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.

About Tom Gitaa Gitaa, Editor-in-Chief

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dish Network satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.

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