Stanley O. Williford is a writer, journalist, publisher and a belated literary agent. His editorial career began in high school but took a giant leap forward when he was elected the first African American editor of the California State Los Angeles College newspaper during his senior year.
His election as editor was cited nationally in various newspapers, periodicals and on radio. Before graduation, he accepted a trainee position in Newsweek magazine’s Detroit bureau during the summer of 1968. His college work also won him a 16-week fellowship to the Washington Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., where he and nine other young journalists from all over the nation participated in seminars with various government luminaries, including senators, cabinet heads, think-tank members, and social leaders.
Following the fellowship, Stanley began work with the Los Angeles Times, where he spent twenty years as both a reporter and a copy editor. He now serves as director of publications at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles.