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The Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The professorship brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Professors have included such luminaries as Princeton Professor Cornel West, pianist Billy Taylor, author Iyanla Vanzant, former president of Spelman College Johnetta Cole, jazz singer Diane Reeves, the late actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis and executive editor of Ebony magazine Lerone Bennett Jr.

2020 Visiting Professor

Joy-Ann Reid


Joy-Ann Reid Standing in black clothing her hands together in front of her.

Joy-Ann Reid is the host of "AM Joy", weekends from 10 a.m. to noon on MSNBC, the author of the books Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015) which was released in paperback in September 2016, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2017) and The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story (William Morrow/Harper Collins, June 2019). She co-hosts the podcast Reid This / Reid That with journalist and "New York Live" co-host Jacque Reid.

Reid was previously the host of "The Reid Report," a daily program that offered Reid's distinctive analysis and insight on the day's news. Before that, she was the Managing Editor of, a daily, online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid joined with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, FL. Her columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, New York Magazine, The Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The South Florida Times.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 "America Coming Together" initiative and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in documentary film and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She and her husband, editor Jason Reid, own a documentary film company called Image Lab Media Group. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family. Follow her on Twitter, Snapchat and Instragram at @JoyAnnReid and "like" her on Facebook at Joy Reid Official.

Get information about Joy's first book, Fracture, here.

Order We Are The Change We Seek here.

Download the latest podcast here.

And get more information about the new book: The Man Who Sold the World, here.

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