– Polaris Music Prize juror (2006-present; 2012 Grand Jury)
– Pop-culture commentary for CBC radio & television
– Also regular online and print editor for top Canadian media outlets
I was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I went to a Quaker liberal arts college in the south (Greensboro, North Carolina) and I studied abroad in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. I am 25 years old. I love to write.
I talk on TV and Radio (Much Music, MTV, CBC’s The Current, Q and Radio 1 news service) and host a monthly radio show on the Toronto Radio Project. Last summer I curated a three-part networking series for young creatives in Toronto called #HustleHard, to facilitate collaboration across scenes and allow people to share their ideas about the cultural economy in Toronto. I am also a juror for the Polaris Music Prize and participate in tons of other readings, panels and talks, when asked. Also, I do all of this and hold down an unrelated day job because I am a boss.
I’m an Australian woman of colour working in arts journalism – a space that’s extremely white in this country. I haven’t traditionally written about race because the pigeonholing of writers of colour into only covering obviously racial issues pisses me off but the desire for a more diverse media influences the way I approach my work. And my own experiences as a brown (and mixed race) woman in a white society colours (haha) the way I watch films and respond to exhibitions. I hold a PhD in Film and Television from Monash University and have written for some stellar publications and outlets including the ABC, SBS and Metro Magazine.
Bobbi Booker is an award-winning Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger whose editorial experience includes news, culture, lifestyle, business, sports, politics and entertainment for diverse outlets, including The Philadelphia Tribune, Examiner.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Weekly, Smooth magazine, UBO.net and host of “Spirit Soul Music” on WRTI 90.1.
Ms. Booker has completed the 2008 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and is a 2005 Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and 2008 Fellow of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University.
Ms. Booker was honored by Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes with the 2008 7th Senatorial District Community Service Award and has received three (2010, 2011 & 2013) National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Merit Award for The Philadelphia Tribune Best Lifestyle Section.
Broad range of print and radio experience:
– currently healthcare reporter at NPR-affiliate in Los Angeles
– immigration and demographics reporter at San Diego Union-Tribune
– business reporter, urban affairs and features reporter during seven years at the Denver Post
– business reporter at the Orange County Register
Highlights include: project on sex trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.; track immigration policy and report on political trends; coverage of the 2008 DNC; chronicled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; wrote about the effects of the Great Recession on families; feature stories about farmers and victims of HIV/AIDS in Cuba before the recent change in U.S. policy.
Award-winning reporter, loves a good story, easy to work with, meets deadlines, willing to go anywhere for storytelling and covering news.
Graduate of Pepperdine University and University of Southern California.
Member of IRE, NAHJ and JAWS.
Resume and references available.
I write the Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy series, which began in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin’s Roc Books). My first YA novel is Shadowshaper, from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books. I co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.