Roy S. Johnson named 2021 Distinguished Lecturer


Roy S. Johnson was born on March 19, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended the prestigious Holland Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and went on to graduate from Stanford University with his B.A. degree in political science

Johnson’s career includes time at Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Money and Fortune magazine, Vanguarde Media, where he launched Savoy Magazine, and Men’s Fitness magazine. He has also written for many other publications and websites, including Life Goes Strong and

He also founded many companies, including RSJ Media Solutions, a company that offers digital content strategy and media training, Fit! Live! Win! LLC, a digital corporate wellness communications firm, Write on Essays!, and was named editor-in-chief and executive director of the History Channel’s magazine and the History Channel Club.

He has been a frequent television and radio contributor on the topics of sports, fitness, nutrition, wellness and healthy living and also served as executive producer of several television programs that have aired on national broadcast and cable networks and co-authored three books.

Johnson has been a longstanding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and has served on the board of the International Athletic Foundation. He also created the Roy S. Johnson Foundation, which provides financial assistance to minority youth from his hometown in Oklahoma.

Johnson will deliver a keynote lecture and Q&A session during the livestream awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m., May 7, on Facebook.

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