2014 Selected to emcee the Hampton Roads Gazeti Exemplar community service award program
2013 Education Writers Association conference scholarship, Stanford University
2012 Hampton Roads Gazeti leadership in community service award
2012 Led the HRBMedia Professionals to become the runner-up for NABJ Chapter of the Year
2011 Hampton Roads Gazeti leadership in community service award
2011 National Education Writers Association Award second place winner for feature writing
2011 Virginia Press Association Award first place winner for education writing
2011 Virginia Press Association Award second place winner for breaking news


To say that Cheryl Ross took the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals to a new level is an understatement. Under her guidance as president, the chapter not only kept pace with the stated mission, it also doubled its commitment to community service and involvement. Through a series of town halls, mentoring programs, and workshops for students, Cheryl single-handedly raised the profile of the chapter. If energy, commitment, and a tireless work ethic are what you seek, I highly recommend Cheryl Ross.”

—Barbara Ciara, WTKR NewsChannel 3 broadcast journalist and president emeritus, National Association of Black Journalists

As the former secretary for the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl. As president, Cheryl was very professional, had a passion for the organization, and generated results. The chapter has since gone on to be named the top runner-up, in 2012, for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chapter of the Year Award. This remarkable honor speaks to Cheryl’s leadership, guidance, and dedication to the role.”

—Meredith Mobley, owner, Thought Bubble Communications

Ms. Cheryl Ross is the most thorough, fair, hard-working, and cerebral reporter that I have worked with in my twenty-plus years as a public school superintendent.  More important than any other aspect of Ms. Ross’s work is that she studies and understands issues before she writes about them.”

—David Stuckwisch, former superintendent of the Portsmouth Public Schools

Cheryl Ross is that rare combination of devotion to her craft  and a complete dedication to getting it right, no matter what the task. Her skills as a copy editor have made our books better by far, and our authors as well.”


—John Koehler, founder and publisher, Koehler Books