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Northwestern School of Communication

Dialogue with the Dean


a series of conversations with emerging and established communicators who are advancing the futures of their fields, challenging paradigms, and promoting social justice


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Dialogue with the Dean: Melody Spann Cooper

Tuesday, May 21
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. CDT

Attend virtually: Zoom webinar

Attend in-person: Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston


Melody Spann Cooper is Chair & CEO of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, Chicago's only Black and female-owned broadcasting company. Its flagship station WVON is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. The company's assets also include a Spanish language station, WRLL and an OTT Digital Streaming Network, VONtv (pronounced Vaughn). As a life-long Chicagoan, Spann Cooper serves on numerous professional and civic boards including as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Obama Presidential Center and as Commissioner of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. She also serves as a trustee at the Museum of Science & Industry and at her alma mater Loyola University. In 2019, Spann Cooper added "author" to her list of accomplishments with the release of her first book, The Girlfriend's Guide to Closing the Deal. It is a semi-biographical book for women in business on how to tap into your innate power and purpose to get the deal done.