Celebrating Our Alumni: Lamar Salter

Youngstown Native Lamar Salter Takes on CNN and Global Activism

Before landing a job as a producer at CNN, Lamar Salter’s adventures in journalism began in the newsroom of Youngstown State University’s newspaper, The Jambar. He started at the weekly publication as a reporter, eventually working his way up to managing editor. After he graduated in 2011 with his degree in journalism, Salter began his career at local broadcast news station, WFMJ. This Youngstown native’s role at the station was as multimedia producer and weekend assignment manager. He was influential in both written online and broadcast stories for the television station. Salter even managed the WFMJ Facebook page for a time. Dedicated to continuing to better himself, Salter went back to YSU for his M.A. in English in 2013.

Later, he worked for NBC coding hours of content for The TODAY Show. He’s overseen production of video content at the Business Insider, with notable stories including coverage of Russian president Vladimir Putin rise to power. 

If you fast forward in Salter’s career, the next stop is New York at Global Citizen, an advocacy group “of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030.” The platform tells the stories of impoverished nations, those fighting poverty and organize large events to raise awareness. As the senior video producer at Global Citizen for two years, Salter told the stories of activists like Waleed Khan, an education activist who survived a mass shooting. Other stories include the state of California’s huge role in agricultural production in spite of its rising numbers of hungry people every year. 

Now, Salter has recently accepted a job at CNN as a producer. He accepted the role amidst the pandemic and has yet to meet any of his fellow CNN journalists in person, but can’t wait to get started. If you want to hear from successful YSU graduate Lamar Salter himself, tune in to the Alumni Lecture Series event streaming Thursday, January 14, via Facebook Live. 

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