April Ryan, a White House correspondent and CNN political analyst, will be the guest speaker for the annual Women’s History Month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


The free, public event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.


“April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era,” according to a news release.


“On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her ‘Fabric of America’ news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a ‘unique urban and minority perspective in news.’ Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last presidents,” according to a news release.


A political analyst on CNN, Ryan has also been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines.


Ryan has served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and is one of only three African Americans to serve on the board in the history of the association, which is more than 100 years old, according to the release.


“Ryan is the author of the award winning book, The Presidency In Black And White, and her latest book, At Mama’s Knee: Mothers And Race In Black And White (December 2016), where she looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. A paperback version of The Presidency In Black And White – with updates about President Trump – will be published later this year,” according to the release.


“In 2015, Ryan was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author) for her first book. An esteemed member of the National Press Club, she was also involved with the National Council of Negro Women and was named a Mary McCloud Bethune Trailblazer,” according to the release.


A Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, she gives back to the community by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists and assisting with developing broadcasters.


She considers her greatest life’s work raising her two daughters, Ryan and Grace.


Details: UAPB Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, 870-575-7061.