Carolyn Guniss has spent the last 25 years writing for, editing and managing newspapers, websites, social media accounts and magazines. She is the first woman to hold the role of Executive Editor in the 97-year history of The Miami Times. Since she joined The Miami Times, she has led the weekly newspaper to consecutive wins in 2018 and 2019 as best Black-owned newspaper in America by the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
She started leading during her undergraduate education at St. Thomas University as the school newspaper’s editor. While working on a master’s in media management at the Missouri School of Journalism, she simultaneously served as Executive Director of the Society of Business Editors and Writers. (SABEW). At this organization, she jumpstarted and saw to completion a stalled $1-million fundraising campaign that endowed a Business Journalism professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.
After completing the campaign and spurred by the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she returned to the newsroom as an Assistant City Editor at the Bradenton Herald, on the west coast of Florida. While there, she covered a string of hurricanes and the explosion of the Space Shuttle, Columbia and contributed the newspaper’s award-winning coverage of Tropicana’s sudden headquarters move from the area.
Her direct report has been named the Society of Professional Journalist’s 2004 Sunshine State Awards Florida Crime Reporter of the Year. Other mentees have been conferred a Chuck Stone Award for Community Service Journalism award from National Association of Black Journalists; several National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit awards; and Florida Press Association awards. She has been awarded best environmental news reporting by the National Association of Black Journalists.
She has been a New America Media fellow twice, which culminated in reports on how Florida felons who serve their time do not get their rights back, which a 2018 Constitutional amendment is changing, and exposed how Miami-Dade County’s climate change conversation leaves out poor people. She has studied the rise and implementation of the Euro as a European Union fellow twice, as well as a Center for War, Peace and the News Media fellow. As a fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, she researched and reported on the aging Black population in America’s prisons.
South Florida Association of Black Journalists has recognized her as an accomplished Woman in Media. She recently served as the organization’s president. The Black Owned Media Alliance named her 2017 Communicator of the Year (Print).
She has written for several Florida and Missouri publications as well as national magazines. She occasionally appears on WLRN Public Radio, WMBM, WPBT Public TV, WPLG and the BBC.
In 2018, she co-authored the book, “The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy.”
Publications that published my work
The Miami Times
The Miami Herald
The Sun Sentinel
South Florida Times
The Bradenton Herald
The Daily Business Review
Islamorada Free Press
Plants Sites and Plants Magazine
Columbia Daily Tribune
Show Me Educatuion
Mid-Missouri Business Journal
The Business Journalist Newsletter
I possess a sharp eye for detail, which I use to find even the smallest errors in text. I work well under pressure and can produce high-quality work in short periods of time. I have strong interpersonal skills and work with a wide variety of people.
I am looking for an opportunity to work with a team who runs on clear communication.I want to align myself with a company I believe in and where I can create positive change. I am always looking to learn more and am open to taking on challenging projects.