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Alfred Edmond Jr.

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May 1, 2010

On May 1, 2010, Alfred A. Edmond Jr was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni for his work in promoting financial literacy among African Americans. He was also featured in the Rutgers Magazine - Spring 2010 Edition along with four other inductees (http://magazine.rutgers.edu/features/spring-2010/star-power). Edmond is senior vice president & editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com. He is responsible for the long-term planning and development of the Website’s content, as well as the hiring and overall supervision of the editorial staff, which consists of editors, writers/bloggers, and contributing editors.

Edmond sits on the BLACK ENTERPRISE editorial board and is also responsible for helping to set and enforce quality standards for the editorial content of the major franchises of BLACK ENTERPRISE, including BlackEnterprise.com; BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine; Black Enterprise Magazine’s Keys to a Better Life podcast series; live networking events, such as the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo and the Women of Power Summit; and the Our World with Black Enterprise and Black Enterprise Business Report television shows.

From 2000 through 2008, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. During his tenure as chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE (beginning in 1995 when he was named executive editor), the magazine’s circulation more than doubled to a rate base of 525,000 for 2008. In addition, the magazine has earned seven Folio: Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Awards in the business/finance consumer magazines category, a Griot Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and more than a dozen other editorial and design awards. A nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, Edmond appears regularly on television and nationally syndicated radio, and is a highly sought-after public speaker. An award-winning reporter and editor, he has been recognized by TJFR Business News Reporter as one of America’s 100 Most Influential Financial Journalists. Edmond was named to the Folio: 40 list of the most influential people in the magazine industry by Folio: Magazine in 2007.

Edmond is a member and former board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and has served as a screener for ASME’s National Magazine (Ellie) Awards for more than a decade, the last several years as a judging leader. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a lifetime member of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) and the Rutgers University Alumni Association, and a lifetime and founding member of the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA). He is also a charter member of the NABJ Business Writers Task Force. Edmond has served as an adjunct professor in the journalism department at Rutgers University and as an instructor for the NYABJ High School Journalism Workshop at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus. In 2000, he was recognized with the NYABJ’s Chapter Service Award.

Edmond joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1987 as an associate editor and advanced to business editor later that year. In 1990 he was promoted to senior editor/administration, then to managing editor in 1992. He was made executive editor in 1995, named editor-in-chief in 2000, and assumed his current role in June 2008. Before joining BLACK ENTERPRISE, Edmond served as the senior editor of MBM/Modern Black Men Magazine (1986) and as an associate editor for The Daily Challenge (1985). He was also the managing editor of Big Red News (1983-1985, now the New York Beacon), a weekly, black newspaper in Brooklyn, New York.

A native of Long Branch, New Jersey, Edmond is a 1996 inductee into the Long Branch High School Distinguished Alumni Academic Hall of Fame, a 2005 inductee into the RAAA Hall of Fame, and a 2007 inductee into the Loyal Sons & Daughters of Rutgers. He’s also a member of Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, New Jersey. A health and fitness enthusiast, Edmond participated in several competitions between 1999 and 2002 as a member of Natural Bodybuilding Inc., a drug-free bodybuilding organization.

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