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Ronald O. Howell

Associate Professor
English

Location: 4161 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x3663
Fax: 718.951.4612
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Ron Howell spent three decades as a working journalist. He was a foreign correspondent in Latin America and the Caribbean. He covered the Middle East during the 1991 Iraq War. He speaks Spanish and French, and understands Haitian Creole. His current book, published in 2019 by Fordham University Press, is a biography/memoir titled Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker. Baker, born in 1898 on the Caribbean island of Nevis, in 1948 became Brooklyn's first black elected official. He was also Howell's maternal grandfather. Howell also wrote One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City, published by The New Press. Howell has written thousands of articles over the decades for numerous journals, books, magazines and newspapers. He was the first journalist to report that Assata Shakur, on the F.B.I.'s Most Wanted List, is living in Cuba as a refugee. Howell spent a week with her in Havana before publishing the story with Newsday.

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