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Meet Kyra Kyles


Writer/Producer, Multimedia Executive, Speaker, Author

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Meet Kyra Kyles


Writer/Producer, Multimedia Executive, Speaker, Author

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Hail to the chief. Well, Editor-in-Chief, anyway. Kyra Kyles is a multiplatform media executive and the former EBONY EIC/Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial where she ran content operations for the magazine’s print, digital and new dedicated special issue outlets. This award-winning multimedia journalist, TV personality, content producer and humor writer originally joined the iconic brand as a Senior Editor for JET magazine in 2011 before jet-setting over to run the site, its all-digital form as an app and eventually EBONY.com and the media mothership itself.  Prior to those roles, Kyra worked for the Tribune Company's millennial outlet, RedEye, where she achieved unprecedented levels of audience engagement for projects including a WGN-TV nightly pop culture/humor segment called "The Kyles Files," an interactive music competition for indie artists, "The Track Off," and the mother of all mumblemouth rapper mockeries: "Ringtone Rap Project."  

Kyra has been named to the Folio magazine Top 100 media executives, WVON and Ariel Capital’s “Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers” and Chicago Defender’s “40 Under 40 to Watch” lists. She won the coveted Jones-Beck Award from the Tribune for her work turning a humble public transit column, "Going Public" into must-read material.

A staunch opponent of whitewashing and mansplaining, this diversity and digital expert speaks on that very topic for international conferences including Social Media Week, Digital Strategy Innovation and the A3C Music Conference.  In addition to a 20-plus year journalism career, Kyra co-owns a production company with her sister, and fellow slayer, Kozi Kyles.  One of their Web series, a puppet-populated send-up of the ruthlessness of corporate America won them an LA Webfest Award, a number of industry write-ups and the opportunity to work with a guy you might know as the most beloved, though totally not real, TSA agent in the known world, Lil Rel Howery. 

Not one to laze about, Kyra is immediate past President of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago chapter, a board member for acclaimed indie streaming service kweliTV, on the board of advisors for Dream on Education.   Last, but not least, this media move-maker wants you to know that she is a proud alum of the esteemed Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism where she earned two degrees in four years as part of an accelerated master's program. You want to hire her to edit your book, write a longform article or give her a show?  Let her know.