Ernest Owens
Recruitment Co-Chair, NLC Philadelphia

He is a Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine. As an openly black gay journalist originally from Houston, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture.

At 28 years old, Ernest has already used his wide media platform to spread awareness on several important issues. He serves on the board of directors of Philadelphia Community Access Media, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, New Leaders Council PHL, and the Pen & Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club. He's a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied communication and public service. He is currently working towards his Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California while also expanding his media advocacy brand. His work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, NPR, CNN, USA Today, BET, MTV News, and other media outlets. He was named the 2016 Trailblazer of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, the 2017 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, the 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award, and the recipient of the 2019 NEXT Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and