Lynette Holloway

September 15, 2008

Lynette Holloway began her tenure on the metro desk at the New York Times, covering a range of issues in each of the city’s five boroughs, including politics, crime, immigration and education. She also worked in both the Brooklyn and Queens bureaus, where she captured the challenges of life outside of Manhattan, including the disappearance of Mom-and Pop stores in favor of big-box stores. One of her most notable assignments while at The New York Times was her role as a member of the Portraits of Grief team. The series was a collection of articles written to commemorate 9/11 through biographies of each of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Ms. Holloway was detached from her primary beat as an education reporter for six months to work on the series. The Vignettes, along with scores of others, were published in Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected “Portraits of Grief” From The New York Times. The Portraits of Grief series was not the first published anthology Lynette Holloway appeared in: her writing is also featured in the collection 36 Days: The Complete Chronicle of the 2000 Presidential Election Crisis. After completing the emotionally taxing Portraits, Lynette Holloway moved to the newly created media beat to cover the music and radio industries, where she interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, from producers to musicians to moguls. She remained on the beat for two years before returning to Chicago in 2003 to care for her mother, who died of cancer. The move occurred against the backdrop of a high-profile correction, which she and the New York Times acknowledge had nothing to do with her decision to leave the paper. In 2004, she began working as an associate editor for Ebony Magazine, where she remained for four years. Now working as an independent writer and editor, Holloway has contributed to several lifestyle websites, including and She also remains a contributing writer to Black Issues Book Review, a literary magazine and guide to the amazing range of fiction and non-fiction being published by and about people of African-American descent. In addition to her freelance work, Lynette Holloway is currently in the process of writing her own memoirs and simultaneously completing a scorching-hot murder mystery novel.


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