Nicole A. Childers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, broadcast executive producer, multimedia news manager, and social media strategist/consultant based in Los Angeles. Throughout Childers’ extensive career, she has proven to be an innovative, dynamic and creative thinker, always on the cutting edge of new media and technology. She began her career in journalism as an intern for Diane Sawyer at ABC News. Childers officially joined the network in 1999 where she went on to serve as Associate Producer for World News Tonight with the late Peter Jennings. In 2004, Childers helped to launch ABC News Now as a producer for the pioneering ABC News digital channel.
Following her inaugural efforts at ABC News Now, Childers served as executive producer at NPR for the groundbreaking daily news show, News & Notes. In this position, Childers oversaw all aspects of the broadcast, demonstrating great leadership in the areas of multimedia production, editing and writing, and building a powerhouse cadre of regular contributors. During her tenure, she re-launched News & Notes as the first NPR broadcast to include multimedia efforts as part of their mission statement. The show secured on-air interviews with such luminaries as Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and entertainers like Janet Jackson. The show aired in more than 70 markets nationwide.
In 2009, Childers was hired as a consultant to help launch The Michael Eric Dyson Show on NPR. In this position, she not only helped develop the framework for the show and book guests like Oprah Winfrey for its inaugural broadcast, but she created the online template in order to expand the reach of the show and its content to listeners around the world. During this same period, Childers created the popular online multicultural entertainment news destination HListed.com. The site has grown to have more than 30,000 page views a month and through Nicole’s leadership and vision, has gained a significant following on both Facebook and Twitter.
Childers was also hired to edit the memoir of Shaquille O’Neal’s mother, Lucille O’Neal, titled WALK LIKE YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO, which was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2010. She’s currently editing a new book on Michelle Obama to be published in 2012 by Penguin Books.
In addition to her broadcasting and new media experience, Childers has devoted her time, resources and voice to issues surrounding diversity in media. Amongst many distinctions, she is a former member of the ABC News Diversity Committee; served as the featured speaker for “Young and Diverse Audiences in Public Media” at the Public Radio Program Director’s Conference; and delivered remarks and answered questions about media and diversity at the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California (USC).
Always committed to education and mentoring, Childers speaks to USC journalism students throughout the year about management, diversity, ethics and social media. She also serves on the board of LA Youth, an organization whose paper (with a national readership of 350k) is written for and by high school students and serves as a leading advocacy voice for teens through journalism, literacy, and civic engagement.
Childers spent part of her childhood in foster care and as a result, she has had the opportunity through speaking engagements to shed light on the plights of the millions of children who reside within the system. She also sits on the board of Uplift, an LA based organization that provides services to young men in the foster care system.
An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, Childers has won nearly every major journalism award, including an Emmy, Peabody, and Columbia Dupont for a Kids’ Special for 9/11 coverage; a Business Emmy Award for a Report on Pension Plans; the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast/World News Tonight; National Association of Black Journalists Award for Best Radio News (Long Form) and Best Radio Commentary; the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Excellence in Journalism Award for coverage of HIV/AIDS; and the Los Angeles Press Club Award for Best Multimedia Package.
Prior to serving in her current position as the Executive Producer for the Michael Eric Dyson radio show, Childers served as the Chief Content Officer for LA Public Media, where she was responsible for overseeing all content, social media efforts and spearheading groundbreaking research on the multimedia habits of multiethnic audiences ages 25-40.