The Howard University School of Communications celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and on October 23, 2016, it will officially announce the naming of the school as the “Cathy Hughes School of Communications.” The School is the third largest of the University’s 13 academic schools and colleges. For more than four decades, the School has trained communication and media professionals in premier programs such as advertising, audio production, journalism, media management, public relations, film, organizational communication as well as graduate programs in media studies and speech-language pathology. Its graduates are known at the local, national and global levels for their leadership within and across diverse communities through communication research, professional practice, innovation, job creation, social justice, and service via knowledge, skills and cutting-edge technology.
Cathy Hughes has had a love affair with radio all her life. It began when she was a little girl in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 2004, Cathy Hughes and her son, Alfred Liggins, III launched TV One, a cable television network that serves the African-American community.
Cathy Hughes is a dynamic, media pioneer who demonstrates the power of one – one woman, one vision, one company – Radio One. As Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation, Hughes’ unprecedented career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate that generates original content across the spectrums of radio, television and digital media. Her humble beginnings in Omaha, Nebraska, were not a deterrent to her success but rather part of the catalyst that fueled her ambition to empower African Americans with information and to tell stories from their perspective.