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Cheryl Ross is a nationally award-winning journalist, author, book editor, and past president of a nonprofit media group. She has written about fascinating personalities, the arts, politics, and education for the St. Petersburg Times, the Chicago Reader, The Virginian-Pilot, and WHRO television’s American Graduate Project. Cheryl has edited hundreds of published books and coauthored several others.

As president of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals (HRBMP), Cheryl led the organization to become the sole runner-up for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chapter of the Year Award in 2012. Under her leadership, the HRBMP established new scholarship programs, town halls, partnerships with nonprofits, a first-ever middle- and high-school journalism workshop, and a first-ever Hall of Fame ceremony, designed as a fundraiser to celebrate the HRBMP’s 30th anniversary. Cheryl secured Byron Pitts, ABC News Nightline coanchor, to emcee the inaugural program. She and Pitts cohosted the event.

Cheryl holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Cheryl and Sabrosa Foods president and CEO, Duane Thompson, shake hands at the start of their collaboration on Thompson’s book, Think Outside the Bottle: The Product Entrepreneur’s Playbook.

Cheryl and author Betsy Ashton, past president of the Virginia Writers Club, take a picture with an unfortunate guest at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival.


Cheryl Ross and Byron Pitts, ABC News Nightline co-anchor, co-host the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals Hall of Fame event.


Cheryl Ross teams up with New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree to promote his thriller series, The Traveler.