Sakina Spruell Cole   - Speaker

Sakina Spruell Cole is a freelance business journalist, specializing in personal finance and entrepreneurship. In this capacity, she serves as an Editor-at-Large at BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine and a contributing writer at Fortune Small Business. Until recently, she was also a freelance writer/producer at CNN financial network. In addition, Ms. Spruell regularly presents financial empowerment seminars to African American professional organizations and college groups. She is also a summer instructor at Columbia University in New York City, where she teaches Introduction to Journalism to first year students.

With close to 10 years of journalism experience, Ms. Spruell has honed her skills in a broad range of media outlets. Prior to freelancing full time, Ms. Spruell was a Senior Editor at BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. In that role, she was responsible for assigning and editing daily business news stories, as well as selecting and re-purposing magazine content for the Careers, Investing, Entrepreneur and Personal Finance channels on the magazine’s website, Ms. Spruell was also the founding editor for BLACK ENTERPRISE’s TEENPRENEUR, a quarterly magazine targeted at teenaged entrepreneurs.

Ms. Spruell joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1998 as a freelance contributor. In 2000, she became the Business News Editor responsible for assigning, editing or writing, all business news features, as well as determining the editorial direction of Newspoints, the section of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine that covers business news and trends. Additionally, she organized and moderated a bi-annual roundtable meeting of the BLACK ENTERPRISE Board of Economists, a gathering of the leading African- American economists in the nation who discuss economic factors of concern to the African American community.

Prior to joining BE, she worked as a staff writer at a Gannet daily newspaper, the Home News Tribune, and as a news reporter and producer with New Jersey’s CNN Headline News Local Edition. She began her professional career in radio as a Research Director at WBLS-FM (NY) and is a former Weekend News Anchor at National Public Radio, WHYY- Philadelphia.

In 2003 Ms. Spruell completed the Knight Bagehot fellowship in economics and business journalism and received a Master’s of Science from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is a 1993 graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies. She is the co-chair of the Business Writers Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). She received the Griot Award for Excellence from the New York chapter of NABJ in 2000. Ms. Spruell resides in Newark, New Jersey with her husband and two children.