2000 - 2002 Automotive News Writer, Ford Motor Co.
1997 - 2002 Education & On Detroit Reporter,
Assistant Editor, Gale Research Company
To those walking in darkness, I share my light. And, together we shall reveal the truth.
Seeking to enlighten the African American community with insightful news and information, Valerie D. Lockhart founded the Detroit Native Sun in October 2005.
There she serves as publisher and executive editor giving a voice to both young and old in the community. She also hosts the weekly television program Xpose’ Under the Sun.
Born and raised in Detroit, Lockhart was educated in the Detroit Public School system and graduated with honors from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She also attended the University of De-troit Mercy's graduate program for a Master of Arts in Education degree.
With over 20 years journalism experience, Lockhart’s previous work experience includes working as Associate Editor at the Michigan Chronicle, education reporting for the Detroit News, serving as Assistant Editor over several reference books at Gale Research Company and writing automotive news stories for Ford Motor Company.
Her active community service, creativity and accuracy in reporting has not gone unnoticed. Awards received include the Lincoln University Unity in Media award, American Red Cross Community Service Award, James Tatum Foundation of the Arts award, Xavier University Parents Association Community Service Award for assisting local hurricane Katrina victims and awards from the big three automakers.
Lockhart serves on the Presidential Advisory Board at Detroit Hope Hospital, American Red Cross African American Leadership Conference Advisory Board, and Teen Mom Housing Board of Directors, hoping to make a difference in the City of Detroit.
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The Detroit Native Sun features informative and entertaining articles written by award-winning journalists to stimulate the mind and raise emotions.
Special section fronts include Kidz Times, written by area youth, Words of Wisdom that provide a forum for senior citizens to speak out, and Xpressions that give local poets and artists
a platform to showcase their works. The Health
section seeks to close gaps in disparities by
highlighting critical healthcare issues and concerns affecting the African American community such as HIV and AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, organ donation, and others. Positively Detroit spotlight individuals and groups making significant contributions in the community.
Advertorials allow local businesses and groups to tell their story and to promote their products and services in a unique way that is not offered by mainstream papers. Subjects covered are the genuine concerns of the African American community. Unlike other papers that shuffle letters and unwanted mail to the side, the Detroit Native Sun responds to feedback.
Xpose’ Under the Sun is a weekly television show hosted by the Detroit Native Sun that airs Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 3 pm on Comcast
20 and TV 33. The show discusses controversial topics that are not covered by mainstream media and offers practical solutions to current issues plaguing the community. Advertisers in the Detroit Native Sun are able to promote their products and services at a discounted rate.
• 20,000 copies printed monthly with a growing
readership of over 50,000 people.
• Over 300 distribution spots in high traffic areas
such as the Detroit Public Library, Oak Park
Library, Glory Supermarket chain, Kroger Supermarkets, WHPR radio and TV station, Loving Life Health Food Center, Greenfield Market, Apollo Market, Lou’s Deli chain, God’s World Bookstore, Imperial Market Butzell Recreation Center, First National Building, gas stations, Lady Louisa's, convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, night clubs, book stores, and automotive dealerships.