Cristal Williams Chancellor Director, Communications
Cristal Williams Chancellor is director of communications for the Women’s Media Center, responsible for media communications and raising the visibility and profile of the organization. She manages the production of many Women's Media Center reports, including the annual Women's Media Center Status of Women in the US Media report. She is the former senior producer for the organization's syndicated radio show, "Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan."
She is an award-winning journalist who spent the bulk of her career in newsroom and project management.
Prior to coming to the Women’s Media Center, Cristal spent nearly 12 years at the American Society of News Editor, a premier nonprofit leadership organization for the nation’s top daily editors, including those from The New York Times and The Washington Post. She was a senior member of the ASNE team and in her last role as Director of Public Relations and Special Projects, she worked closely with the board and executive director, overseeing communications strategy and key project initiatives, including playing a major role in planning the organization’s annual convention.
Cristal spent many years in newsrooms, including the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and the Star-Democrat in Easton, Md., as a reporter, editor, trainer and recruiter specializing in education and courts.
She was part of the team at the Akron Beacon Journal that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for a yearlong series focusing on race relations in Akron, Ohio. She also has won awards from The Associated Press.
Cristal is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and, for years, served on the advisory committee for student publications. In the past, she also volunteered with the youth journalism workshop with the Washington Association of Black Journalists. She has attended numerous management training programs, including Maynard Management at Kellogg, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism and executive development programs at the American Press Institute.