Trevor W. Coleman is an award-winning and nationally recognized journalist, author, speechwriter and strategic communications expert. He’s worked at the highest levels of government, academia, and non-profit and business communications.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Coleman was a long-time member of the editorial board of Michigan’s largest newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. Leveraging his years as an urban affairs reporter for the Detroit News, editorial writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, columnist and reporter for the Hartford Courant and contributing editor for the NAACP Crisis Magazine, Emerge Magazine and Blac Detroit Magazine, Coleman specialized in writing about issues related to urban policy, healthcare, education, government and the law. His highly anticipated columns on race, family and urban affairs were widely read — stirring up conversation, letters and comments from people of all walks of life.
A recipient of numerous national awards for excellence in journalism, Coleman was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize as a lead writer for a team of Detroit News reporters who traveled across the country for two years writing on the state of Black America for a year-long series called “Who Speaks for Black America?”
Later Coleman transitioned his expertise and knowledge of urban affairs and the media to serve as chief speechwriter to the former governor of Michigan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He served as the Senior Communications Advisor for the Governor’s Southeast Michigan office, which was responsible for delivering the governor’s message and promoting the governor’s policies to the more than six million residents in the Detroit metropolitan region. He was also the Governor’s Office liaison to the Governor’s Asian and Pacific Island American Advisory Council and the Governor’s Arab American and Chaldean American Advisory Council.
Recently, Coleman has provided his expertise as presidential speechwriter to the President of the American Bar Association, speechwriter and communications consultant to the president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation, and speechwriter and communications consultant for the Ben Jealous 2018 campaign for governor of Maryland. Jealous is a Rhodes Scholar, venture capitalist, and former president and CEO of the NAACP. In addition, Coleman served as Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and as the spokesperson for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.
He has been guest speaker at many colleges and universities across the nation, including Harvard Law School, The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and University of Michigan School of Law, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, The University of Toledo Law School, Delaware State University, Schoolcraft College, Wayne Community College and many others. He has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, NPR Morning Edition, America’s Black Journal, Joe Madison’s The Black Eagle, America’s Black Forum, HuffPost Live, Detroit’s WCHB 1600 Mildred Gaddis Show, 910 AM the Cliff Russell Show, and many other television, radio talk and public affairs programs. Coleman is a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Trotter Group, the National Association of Black Journalists, Washington Speechwriters Group, African American Speechwriters Network, Public Relations and Communications Professionals, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
A native of New York, Coleman received his undergraduate degree in communications from The Ohio State University and completed a graduate journalism fellowship at the University of Maryland at College Park and is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at The University of Maryland. He also is a graduate of the American Press Institute in Reston, VA and Poynter Institute in Florida. Coleman resides in Bethesda, Maryland.