Meredith Cummings has over 20 years of experience in print, web and multimedia reporting. She is immediate Past President of the Society of Professional Journalists Alabama Professional Chapter, President of Alabama Media Professionals and adviser for the Capstone Association of Black Journalists. She is a member of SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee and is the lead organizer for TEDxTuscaloosa. Cummings currently writes for al.com, where her blog won first place in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women contest. In 2016, she won first place in the same contest in the writer-photographer category. Cummings has worked at newspapers and websites in Alabama, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and Florida. She directs the National Elementary School Press Association, the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and the Multicultural Journalism Workshop at The University of Alabama. In that capacity, she works with K-12 students around the country to help them start and improve broadcast, newspaper, magazine and multimedia journalism through training, workshops and a mentoring programs for teachers.