Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient
MR. KOJO NNAMDI
Radio Personality, WAMU
MR. KOJO NNAMDI has hosted the WAMU interview program bearing his name for more than 18 years. He also hosts The Politics Hour on WAMU. From 1985 to 2011, Mr. Nnamdi hosted Evening Exchange with Kojo, a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT.
His broadcasting career began in 1973 at WHUR in Washington, DC, where he served as news editor and news director until 1985. During that time, he led a news division that created the award-winning evening broadcast, The Daily Drum. After creating an interview segment of the same newscast, his skills attracted the attention of television producers at WHMM (now WHUT) in Washington, DC. Over the years, Evening Exchange, referred to as “Kojo’s show,” rose dramatically in popularity and viewership.
At Howard University he won an Emmy Award for Excellence in Broadcasting in 1993.
In 2014, Mr. Nnamdi earned induction into the Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter Hall of Fame. His oral interview is now a permanent part of the The HistoryMakers collection at the Library of Congress.
He appeared on the January 2010 cover of the Washington City Paper, suggesting he run for mayor of Washington, DC. Recently the Washington City Paper named Mr. Nnamdi the Best Radio Personality in Washington, DC. WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show earned Best Audio Webcast/Radio Show at the 2010 James Beard Awards in New York City. Washingtonian magazine named him Washingtonian of the Year in 2005. They also named him one of the 150 most influential people in the metropolitan area.
Mr. Nnamdi has been chosen to serve as a trustee at the Library of Congress’s Folklife Center. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Access Corporation of the District of Columbia, since 1994. A member of the Cable Television Advisory Committee, he served as chairman of the board in 1997.
Born in Guyana, he is an active member of Guyaid, an organization helping children in the Caribbean nation. He attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Federal City College in Washington, DC.
Mr. Nnamdi is married and lives in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Pamela, attend St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.