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Bobbi I. Booker

A multi-award-winning multimedia journalist and radio personality, Bobbi I. Booker has maintained a keen focus on documenting the voices of marginalized people, especially those of African descent. Her velvety voice is heard daily on NPR-affiliate WRTI 90.1 where she hosts the Spirit Soul Music edition of WRTI’s Ovations and Jazz Through The Night.

Her print and photographic work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including  NPR Books,,, Philadelphia magazine, CNN: News In Black, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Smooth magazine, Urban Box Office Network (UBO) and The Lonely Planet.


In both 2005 and 2008, she was a Fellow at the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism, at Duke University, and the NEA Writing Institute for Opera and Classical Music at Columbia University. The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution named her a fellow in 2008. Her appointment as Adjunct Professor of Media Writing at Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls was announced in 2022.

Since 2019, Ms. Booker has served as the President of The Pen & Pencil Club of Philadelphia, the oldest journalist’s club in America and second oldest in the world.

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