Michael McAlpin has joined Saint Mary's College as the school's director of media relations. He will be seeking out media opportunities for the College and working with
faculty through media training and one-on-one support.
McAlpin has had a distinguished career as a broadcast television producer and journalist. For nearly a decade in Boston, he served as a writer and producer for the flagship PBS content provider, WGBH. As a producer for the WGBH series "Basic Black" - the longest running African-American public affairs show in the nation - he covered social justice issues such as the overrepresentation of children of color in youth detention centers. He also examined intersections of black American cultural expressions and political movements, such as the impact of jazz and rhythm & blues genres within the civil rights movement.
Additionally, as a producer for the award-winning evening news show, "Greater Boston," he examined issues affecting K-12 public school students in Massachusetts, such as high-stakes testing, the failings of the No Child Left Behind Act and the crisis of rising high school dropout rates for Latino and African-American teens. A native Chicagoan, he also produced several national programs for the Windy City's PBS station, WTTW; including a historical documentary on Chicago's rhythm & blues industry. McAlpin has received an Emmy Award, multiple Emmy Award nominations and several prestigious industry fellowships, including the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University.
Members of the media can contact McAlpin at (925) 631-4222 or [email protected]
Photo by Gabriella Diaz '11