Les Payne is a former Newsday columnist and manager. He co-founded the Trotter Group and served as founder and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Mr. Payne was the Inaugural Professor for the David Laventhol Chair at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has reported extensively from the United Nations, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and from more than 26 countries in Africa, including Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Guinea and Mozambique. He is a frequent lecturer about journalism, art, and social issues.
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