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Juanita Bratcher is a veteran Award-Winning Journalist. Her Journalism career started in 1976, some 35 years ago, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia College, Chicago. She is the published author of six books – “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders”, a biography of John Herman Stroger, Jr.; “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor”, a book about Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor; “I Cry For A People: In Their Struggle For Justice & Equality”, “Crooked Curves: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”, “Love Me One More Time”, and “A Celebration of Love”.
She is the author of more than 600 poems, many of which have been published in various anthologies – Best Poems of 1997, Best Poems of 1988, Best Poets of 1988, Poetry’s Elite: The Best Poets of 2000, A Celebration of Poets, The Best Poems & Poets of 2001, The Best Poems & Poets of 2003, The Sound of Poetry, Theatre of the Mind, and Colours of the Heart. Bratcher is a songwriter (17 records), all produced and released by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California.
Bratcher is the host of “One on One”, a cable television show; host of “Footnotes to the News”, an Internet show on the PCC (Probation Challenge network, and Editor and Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com online. She is listed in numerous Who’s Who, including Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, Who’s Who of International Authors & Writers, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Who’s Who Historical Society, 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, A Mini-View of Black History, Somebody Special, and a 1993 Kool Achiever nominee, as well as many others
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kizzy Award, Kizzy Foundation; Portraits of Achievers, Probation Challenge; Black Businesswoman of the Year, Everyday Hero Award, Illinois Sec’y of State George Ryan; Par Excellence Journalism, Outstanding support of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Human Rights; Media Award, Black Contractors United; From Whence We Came Award, Allstate Insurance; Press Award, Chicago & Northern District Association of Club Women, Inc.; Excellence in Achievement, Zeta Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.; Service Award, Boy Scouts of America; Service Award, U.S. Department of Education, Region 5; Exemplary Civic Service Award, Dorcas Center; Community Service Award, Ada Park Advisory Council; Dedicated Service to the Community, Firefighters for Justice & Equality; Certificates of Merit, Chicago Public Schools; and Outstanding Service in the Media & Telecommunications, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Bratcher has served as guest, panelist, or guest co-host of numerous television and radio programs, and participated in many workshops and forums on careers, journalism and politics, as a moderator or panelist. She served as a Press Aide to Cook County Board President John Herman Stroger, Jr. in his successful run for President of the Cook County Board in 1994, and was Press Secretary to the Stroger Re-Election Campaign in 2006 during the Primary Election Campaign. She also served as a Press Aide to the late Alderman Lorraine Dixon in her successful run for re-election to the Chicago City Council. In April 2005, Bratcher served as a Special Assistant to Stroger in Cook County government
Bratcher is a former Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Daily Defender. She was assigned to the campaign trail of U.S. Congressman Harold Washington in his successful run for Mayor of the City of Chicago in 1983, the first Black elected to the post.