Valerie J. Morgan
VALERIE J. MORGAN
Valerie J. Morgan is co-publisher of On Common Ground News, Inc., which provides print and online news in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. Valerie and her husband, Glenn L. Morgan, founded On Common Ground News in April 1995 as a way to enlighten, enrich and educate the community with a focus on local news. A veteran journalist with nearly 40 years in the industry, Valerie began her career in Central Florida as a reporter with the New York Times chain of newspapers after receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida Southern College with honors.
Valerie completed management training from the Poynter Institute and moved up the corporate ladder at the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel. During her 10-year tenure with the Tribune Company, she served in a number of capacities supervising the daily, weekend and community sections. An innovator, Valerie introduced new beats in an expansion of news coverage for the Fort Lauderdale News. Valerie received the newspaper’s highest award for journalism while employed with the Tribune Company.
In 1993, Valerie returned to her hometown of Atlanta, after being recruited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). During her 9-year tenure at the AJC, Valerie oversaw the state reporting team, as well as the team of reporters responsible for covering the Atlanta Public Schools System, City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department. She helped launched CityLife, an AJC publication focused on community news (considered hyper-local news in today’s world).
Valerie served as editor-in-chief for the AJC’s specialty publications that were produced during the 1996 Olympics. At the AJC, Valerie also served as DeKalb Bureau chief and she was the launch editor for the AJC’s expansion into Rockdale County. In 2001, Valerie left the AJC to pursue starting On Common Ground News. Together, she and her husband teamed up with Curtis and Jennifer Parker and the two couples launched On Common Ground News in April 1995. They launched CrossRoads News in May 1995.
Since its inception, On Common Ground News has played an integral role in the community, covering groundbreaking events. It was the only community newspaper permitted access to cover the funeral of Coretta Scott King at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. It has been the only news outlet that has covered the city of Stonecrest before and after incorporation. Today, On Common Ground News is the city’s official legal organ.
- The newspaper has received numerous awards for its work and commitment to the community. Among them: The Outstanding Community Service Award from President Barack Obama; Congressional Award of Recognition from Congressman Hank Johnson; the DeKalb History Center’s Community Service Award; and the 100 Black Men of DeKalb Honors and Distinction Award. During Super Bowl 53 weekend, On Common Ground News was honored by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for exclusive coverage of its “Soup and Souls” community outreach to assist the homeless. Valerie and Glenn have dedicated over 10 years as board members of the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce, served five years as members of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and over 10 years as members of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.Outside of her work at On Common Ground News, Valerie enjoys editing books and serves as a consultant on various writing projects. She enjoys African American and U.S. history and spending time with her 3-year-old granddaughter, Amelia. Valerie and Glenn are members of Voices of Faith Ministries, where Gary Hawkins, Sr. is founder. Member of the Black Alumni Council at Kennesaw State University.
- Member of N.C.T.E. (National Teachers of English)
- Candidate for Austell City Council-At Large, Post 2
- Advisory Board Member-Pebble-brook High School, Austell, Ga
- Nominee for Kennesaw State University-Siegel Institute, Phenomenal
- Woman of the year.
- Master Competent Communicator-Toastmasters International
- Member of the Douglas County Junior League
- Past Member of the Board- Live Healthy and Thrive
- Past Member of the Board-Cobb County Library