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Paulette Brown-Hinds

Black Voice News

Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is founder of Voice Media Ventures and publisher of Black Voice News. She was elected to the board in January 2018 and lives in Riverside.

As a second generation publisher of Black Voice News, Paulette is transforming the half-century-old weekly, print outlet into a solutions-oriented, data journalism, and justice-focused community news organization.

As past President of the California News Publishers Association and current board member of the California Press Foundation, she works to strengthen the state’s information ecosystem as an essential part of its civic and community infrastructure. In 2019 she co-founded Media in Color, a philanthropically funded initiative designed to assist legacy media outlets serving communities of color with digital transformation. She also led an effort to create a guidebook for California-based community foundations, community media, and philanthropy to support local journalism.

Paulette has been awarded Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge funding, was a Knight Digital Media Fellow, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies Fellow, a 2022 JSK Community Impact Fellow, and a 2023 JSK Sr. Fellow at Stanford University. She is also a member of the Rebuild Local News, American Press Institute, and Inland Empire Community Foundation boards of directors. She has been identified as a local news Ecosystem Leader by Democracy Fund.

In 2022 she was awarded the Cal Press Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year, the University of California, Riverside Alumni Service Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from California State University, San Bernardino. In 2023 she was selected the ATHENA of Riverside awardee for her civic and business accomplishments.