Derrick Clifton is the communications manager for ProPublica Illinois. Clifton comes to ProPublica after serving on the corporate communications team for Exelon, the nation’s largest electric utility company. Previously, they worked in media relations and public affairs with a number of local and national political campaigns and at international PR agency Golin.
An MSJ graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Clifton is a frequent writer, speaker and commentator on issues of identity, culture and social justice. Their work has appeared or been featured at NBC News, The Guardian, Vox, The Root, Quartz, MSNBC, HLN, Mic, The Triibe, various NPR affiliates and more.
Clifton’s work as the “Identity and Culture” columnist at the Chicago Reader won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, NLGJA - The Association of LGBT Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists) and various other media organizations. Clifton is also an avid volunteer and has served on boards for scholarship organizations, education nonprofits and causes serving LGBTQ people.