Kerwin Speight

Faculty, Poynter


Kerwin Speight is an award-winning television journalist, with more than 20 years of journalism and leadership experience, and a strong track record of producing local news and programming.

Speight most recently led editorial strategy at REVOLT Black News, and before REVOLT, was managing director of Spectrum News in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he led a team of journalists to grow audience engagement for both broadcast and digital to the highest level in station history.

Speight started his career as a producer at local stations including WCNC-TV in Charlotte, KHOU-TV in Houston, and WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He quickly rose to executive producer roles, including at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, WRAL-TV in Raleigh and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. He’s won several awards for his work, including an Emmy for newscast coverage of a deadly mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and an Edward R. Murrow Award for producing a documentary focused on mass shootings called “Soft Targets, Hard Choices.”

Speight brings a wealth of teaching experience to Poynter, including training hundreds of journalists and media professionals for the Society of Professional Journalists. He also taught broadcast writing and reporting, video editing and production, and a class focused on minorities in mass media at North Carolina A&T State University.