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Over the course of her 30-year career, award-winning journalist and opinion writer Goldie Taylor has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse. Best known for her take-no-prisoners style, Taylor has become one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on gun control, domestic violence, human trafficking, public health, poverty and environmental justice. Then too, as a former Marine, she often addresses foreign affairs and military issues.

Taylor got her start as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer and since has contributed hard-hitting opinion columns to the St. Louis Post, Dispatch, Ebony Magazine, Creative Loafing, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and theGrio.com, among others. Most notably, she penned EbonyJet.com’s “A Woman’s Worth” and “Show Me Your Papers,” which debuted on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show — its title came to dominate the lexicon around racial profiling and immigration reform.

In addition to her work as a journalist, Goldie Taylor has made great contributions to the representation of people of color in the media as an advertising executive as well. Taylor was both the chief architect of Procter & Gamble's long-term community building initiative, "My Black is Beautiful” and the marketing force behind CNN’s Black in America. She has been an executive leader with global advertising and public relations concerns, as well as a consultant for both NBC News and CNN Worldwide.

Goldie is the author of In My Father’s House and The January Girl. Her most recent novel, Paper Gods: A Novel of Money, Race and Politics is a moving and unflinching portrait of a city and its many layers of power - the mayor of Atlanta and a washed-up reporter investigate a series of assassinations, and uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city’s political machine.

Goldie is a respected thought leader on business and social issues who has delivered keynote presentations at Ivy League universities and before corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations, including: The Center for Civil and Human Rights, The King Center, Cambridge Speakers Series, Princeton University, Spelman College, Duke University School of Law, Morehouse College, Harvard University, and the National Association of Black Journalists.