Award-winning Virginia high school journalism teacher named new NWSP director

Rob Melton

Anthony Whitten has been selected the next director of Northwest Scholastic Press and the Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator for the SOJC after a year-long nation-wide search.

Anthony Whitten taught for 12 years in northern Virginia. He spent seven years advising The Guardian yearbook and The Watchdog newspaper at Westfield H.S. in Chantilly, Va. He also advised the The Stone Observer, a middle school newspaper. He also advised the The Stone Observer, a middle school newspaper. He previously taught at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va. for five years.

He began his scholastic journalism career as a high school yearbook editor at Park View High School in Sterling, Va. He then attended the University of Virginia and joined yearbook there, serving as Business Manager of Corks & Curls for three years.

The publications he advised have earned Trophy Class designations from the Virginia High School League, and the Guardian yearbook has received a Pacemaker from the National Scholastic Press Association and two Silver Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during his tenure. In 2013, the Journalism Education Association recognized him as a Rising Star; the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers honored him with the Washington & Lee Young Adviser Award.


Master of Teaching, Social Sciences Education, University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, History, African & African American Studies, University of Virginia
Certificate of Journalism, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Online)

Recent Presentations

JEA Outreach Academy
George Mason University Washington Journalism and Media Conference Faculty Advisor

Honors & Awards

2016 Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers & Advisers Douglass S. Freeman Award
2013 JEA Rising Star
2013 Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers & Advisers Washington & Lee Young Adviser Award

Contacting Anthony:

Anthony D. Whitten
University of Oregon Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator
Northwest Scholastic Press Association Executive Director

School of Journalism and Communication
George S. Turnbull Portland Center
70 NW Couch St., Rm. 366A
Portland OR 97209
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