Veteran journalist Janet Lomax named RIT’s 2018-19 Minett Professor

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Lomax will also kick off RIT Division of Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series Sept. 18

Sept. 12, 2018 by Luke Auburn Follow Luke Auburn on TwitterFollow RITNEWS on TwitterJanet Lomax

Janet Lomax, an award-winning Rochester-area journalist with 40 years of broadcasting experience, is the 2018-19 Frederick H. Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Minett Professorship brings distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to the RIT campus to share their professional knowledge and experience with RIT’s students, faculty and staff for one academic year. Minett Professors are selected by the Minett Professor Emeritus, then appointed by RIT President David Munson and Keith Jenkins, RIT’s vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Lomax served as news anchor at News 10 NBC in Rochester, N.Y., for more than three decades before retiring in December 2016. Over the course of her career, Lomax covered a variety of stories from national political conventions and Pope John Paul II’s visit to New York to a number of one-on-one interviews with prominent newsmakers, including former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. She has earned numerous honors for excellence in journalism including a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, a New York State Associated Press Award and induction into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

“Janet Lomax will be a tremendous addition to the RIT family as Minett Professor,” said Jenkins. “She has been a fixture in the Rochester community for decades, and the knowledge she can share from her revered journalism career will be enlightening for our students. She remains extremely active in the community, and the fact that she elected to spend her time in this important role is humbling.”

In her role as Minett Professor, Lomax plans to focus on mentoring RIT students and helping them build effective communication skills. Lomax will also deliver a talk as part of the Division …

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