J. James McElveen

Joseph McElveen

Title: Journalist, Writer, Newscaster, Educator

Location: Vienna, Virginia, United States

J. James McElveen, Journalist, Writer, Newscaster and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in communications and education.

Mr. McElveen always had an interest in reading and writing and at 8 years old, he received a gift that would change the trajectory of his life and career, a printing press. From then on, he began publishing a local newspaper. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 from Furman University and a later a Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1968. His career began much earlier, becoming a newsman for WSAV Radio-TV in the early 1950s. He also worked as an editor and publisher of West Ashley News and as a report and photographer for the Charleston Post around the same time. In the 1960s, Mr. McElveen commenced his career as an educator, first teaching English and journalism at St. Andrew’s Parish High School. He has remained an educator throughout his career.

In 1965, Mr. McElveen joined the faculty at Columbia College as a director of information and professor of journalism. In 1968, he brought these skills to the University of South Carolina, and remained on the staff for more than a decade. Throughout the next two decades, Mr. McElveen worked as a senior public affairs specialist for the Federal Communications Commission, as a Director of Internal Communications and Senior Program Officer for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Since 1999, he has been a consultant in the industry and since 2002, Mr. McElveen has taught English at Fairfax County Public Schools. He has maintained professional affiliation with the Organization of News Ombudsmen, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Mencken Society.

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