Lynn Norment is a writer, editor, interviewer and media relations advisor with more than 30 years in the media as an editor with EBONY Magazine. Norment also worked with Carol H. Williams Advertising, the nation’s largest African-American and female-owned, full-service advertising agency. At the agency, Norment advised the president/CEO on media issues for the agency and its clients, and helped to execute various projects, while also working with clients US Army, AARP, the Chicago Teacher’s Union and FELD Entertainment.
At EBONY, Norment quickly rose to the position of managing editor and helped the now 67-year-old magazine to maintain a fresh voice and embrace new media, establishing her as a leader in the industry. She wrote stories on topics ranging from business and corporate America to male-female relationships to religion to lifestyles and social issues.
She also authored profiles on some of the nation’s hottest newsmakers. Among the personalities she interviewed are President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Vanessa L. Williams, Tina Turner, B.B. King, Al Green, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and businesswoman Sheila Johnson. Norment also conceptualized and executed numerous EBONY features, including “young leaders,” and wrote articles on various aspects of corporate America. Over the years, Norment authored numerous columns for the publication, including the Sounding Off music column and SisterSpeak. In addition, she served as producer for countless EBONY photography sessions, including cover shoots.
Before joining EBONY, Norment worked for The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, where her investigative pieces won awards. While in Memphis, she wrote an exclusive article for EBONY that brought to national attention that legendary entertainer Al Green had been “born again” and founded a church in Memphis. Norment continued to write about Green when she joined the EBONY staff.
In 2009, she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in “recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to journalism.” She currently chairs the NABJ Development Committee and is a member of the NABJ Hall of Fame Committee. Norment co-chaired the NABJ Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony held at The Newseum (news museum) in Washington, D.C., in January 2010 and 2012. She chaired NABJ’s 25th Anniversary Celebration (2000), and in 1997 chaired a successful NABJ Convention in Chicago. She also served as vice-chair of the NABJ Arts & Entertainment Task Force, which presented Norment with its Legacy Award in 2000. Norment served on the NABJ National Board of Directors for six years and has chaired other NABJ committees.
While on the NABJ board, she also served as president of the NABJ Chicago chapter for many years, and continues to serve on the board.
Dedicated to giving back to the community, Norment also is a board member of Habilitative Systems Inc., a social service agency that operates programs that assist needy residents on Chicago’s impoverished West Side. As chair of HSI’s Fundraising Committee, in the early 1990s she launched the agency’s annual “Jazz With Pizzazz” fundraiser, which has raised hundreds of thousands of unrestricted dollars for the agency.
Norment’s life and career have been documented in The HistoryMaker’s archives.
For years, Norment taught journalism courses at Columbia College Chicago, and she continues to mentor young media professionals. She recently was appointed to the Advisory Board of Columbia College Link’s journalism program for high school students. She also has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as to Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Gabon (West Africa), Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Monaco, Spain and The Netherlands.
A native of Tennessee, Norment graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. She was honored with the university’s 2009 Distinguished Alumna Award. In 1991, Memphis State’s Journalism Department honored her as its Outstanding Journalism Alumna.