A'Lelia Bundles is the great-great granddaughter of the entrepreneur, Madam C.J. Walker, and a brilliant woman in her own right! She is carrying on her families legacy of strong, intelligent, independent and successful women. What an inspiration and role model!
A’Lelia was a network television news executive and producer for thirty years at NBC News and then at ABC News, where she was Washington, DC deputy bureau chief. She currently is a Columbia University trustee and on the advisory boards of Walker’s Legacy, the March on Washington Film Festival and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library at Harvard. She served as chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation from 2011 to 2017.
An engaging public speaker, who mixes her love of history and interest in current events, she has delivered keynote addresses and served as master of ceremonies at dozens of events, book festivals and conferences including at Harvard University, London City Hall, the National Archives and on all the major television and radio networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, PBS and NPR.
She is a former producer and executive with ABC News, having served as director of talent development in Washington, DC and New York, as well as in the position of deputy bureau chief in Washington, DC, as a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and as chair of a diversity council appointed to advise ABC News president David Westin. Prior to joining ABC News, she was a producer with NBC News in the New York, Houston and Atlanta bureaus for The Today Show and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. She also was a producer in Washington, DC for two of NBC's magazine programs co-anchored by Connie Chung and Roger Muddduring the 1980s.
She began her journalism career as editor of her award-winning junior high school newspaper and co-editor of her high school newspaper in Indianapolis. In college she was a deejay and director of the jazz department of Harvard’s college radio station, WHRB. During the summer between her junior and senior year, she was an intern at Newsweek’s Chicago bureau. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The youtube below was a talk Ms. Bundles gave recently and is most insightful and inspiring! Copy and paste the link and enjoy. Well worth the time to listen.
"To Form a More Perfect Union: Combating the Politics of Fear and Anger"