Nita Wiggins // Moderator

Author and Educator

Nita Wiggins, American author and award-winning sports broadcaster, teaches at l’Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris. She trains students to include a wider range of perspectives and voices to better serve the public. Black Women in Europe named Wiggins to the group’s Power List of 2018. Wiggins worked 21 years on U.S. TV and her memoir, Civil Rights Baby: My Story of Race, Sports, and Breaking Barriers in American Journalism, reveals the biases that remain in storytelling, hiring, and promoting in television, despite the anti-discrimination Civil Rights Act of 1964. Muhammad Ali’s personal visit to Wiggins’ employer opened the door for her first sports report on TV in 1990.
Wiggins interviewed Mrs. Rosa Parks in 1988, so she focuses on race, women’s employment, and U.S. politics in Paris TV appearances and speaking engagements. She has created an empathy-building program, called Listen to Others as you would have them listen to you.
The Macon, Georgia native shared in a regional television Emmy in Dallas, Texas, in 2001. She received the national RTNDA’s Michele Clark Fellowship in 1989. She holds a BA in Communications from Augusta University (Georgia), and a European Masters from ESJ-Paris.