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Ernest Owens Named Philadelphia Magazine’s Newest Writer at Large

Owens, an award-winning journalist and commentator, was most recently the editor of Philly Mag’s LGBTQ channel.


Ernest Owens has been named Philly Mag’s newest writer at large.

Award-winning journalist Ernest Owens has been named Philadelphia magazine’s newest writer at large, Philly Mag editor Tom McGrath announced on Monday.

Owens, 27, has covered Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community for the past three years as editor of G Philly, Philadelphia’s recently sunsetted LGBTQ channel. His work has been recognized with awards for investigative reporting, distinguished writing, and commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists, the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and the City and Regional Magazine Association.

In 2018, he was a fellow at the Poynter/NABJ Digital Leadership Academy. Owens is the incoming vice president of print for the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and currently serves on the boards of the Pen and Pencil Club and Philadelphia Community Access Media.

Owens is the first LGBTQ writer of color to serve in a senior writing position in the magazine’s history. In addition to highly praised reporting and columns on race, politics, and sexuality in Philly Mag, Owens has also written for CNN, USA Today, NBC News, BET, and Vox. He begins his writer at large role at Philadelphia on January 1st.